Shimer itself has a Facebook and so do some of the counselors in our admissions office. Adding them in no way increases your chance of getting into our school, but it does immediately increase your idea of the inner workings of the social aspects of Shimer. There are many groups, like "So I'm thinking about going to Shimer..." that current students will answer prospective student's questions in. It can be a really helpful tool.
However, the use of Facebook can also spiral out of control. Addiction is a problem. Students constantly on Facebook, updating their statuses every few minutes, typing conversations on friends' walls while they talk to the person in the very same room!
This is entirely leaving out the dependence to Facebook games that keep some Shimerians up until one or two in the morning. Or the constant perusal of classmates' photos, comments being made about documented moments both online and in person.
"Alex, did you see the video I posted on you wall?"
"Oh, no. When'd you do that?"
"About five minutes ago."
Just too much is expected of me! How am I supposed to keep up with the times if they're changing every few minutes? I choose to allow myself to fall behind.
There is the group, a very small group, of students at Shimer who do not subscribe to this trend. Myself included last semester. However, I gave in and reactivated my Facebook, mostly to keep in touch with friends back home.
The ones still holding out against this force rely on students with Facebooks to relay information about the upcoming parties and events. Sometimes important details are forgotten in this transfer, like the fact that a surprise party was supposed to be formal or which bus to get on.
Choosing whether or not to become a part of a networking site is a serious and personal choice. I say, hold strong you who resist.
But find someone with a Facebook to keep you updated.
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