Martha C. White 

Yes, colleges still look at high school students’ grades and SAT scores to decide who gets accepted. But applicants should also keep in mind that admissions officers today are way more likely to be scrutinizing what high school students say and do on social media than ever before.

Is it fair that students today (as well as job-seekers, for that matter) have to expect to be cyber-stalked by colleges? Plenty of people point out that kids have been doing stupid things since, oh, forever. But until this generation, a momentary lapse of judgement generally led, at most, to some chastising and minor embarrassment. Today, poor judgement can haunt a teenager forever thanks to the Internet’s endless memory.

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