I, like most college students, have a Facebook account. Actually, for that matter, I have an account for just about everything, but by no means use all of them. They’re just good to have in case of an emergency. That’s right, I have a Twitter account, but I DON’T USE IT, SO STOP FOLLOWING ME! Honestly, I’m amazed, I have tweeted exactly 10 times in over a year and I have 30 followers. I’m not that interesting, honestly, and I don’t use twitter.
Facebook, I do use, as many of you have discovered. I get about 2-3 friend requests per week from prefrosh. To this date, I have accepted absolutely zero of them. Shock, I know, one of the faces of the MIT Admissions office turning away potential applicants, shutting the door in their face and potentially prompting them to not apply to MIT.
The truth of the matter is, if I haven’t met you, I’m not your friend. I don’t want you seeing all of my friends, I don’t want you being able to see lots of pictures of me, I don’t want you knowing where I live, what my phone number is, where I’ve worked, what my relationship status, and other little details of my life. I’ll tell you things I want you to know in my blog, but other than that, I’m sorry I won’t be able to accept your friend requests.
If you attend MIT, I meet you, and we are friends, we can be friends on Facebook, but otherwise, unless I’ve met you and we are friends, we will not be Facebook friends. I consider Facebook friends real friends, not just a list of the people I know.
Sorry for being blunt, I don’t really see the need to sugar-coat any of this. If this is your first time to the blogs, I’m sorry, I hope this doesn’t create a negative first impression, I’m just trying to protect my privacy. People can be pretty straightforward when it comes to privacy.
But, since many of you will never be my friend on Facebook, and there’s obviously some desire to be so, based on the constant friend requests, I will share my Facebook profile with you as it stands today. It will be a snapshot of me that you can see. Pick apart my life the best you can from this, it’ll probably be the last time you see it (unless you get accepted to MIT and we become friends).