If We Were Honest On Social Media

If We Were Honest On Social Media

What we actually think while using Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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As an avid user of an array of social media platforms, here are my thoughts on the most popular four- in order from best to worst.

Snapchat.

Pro: Snapchat is awesome. Streaks are a great way to force you and a friend to keep in touch, no matter how busy or far away you are. Also, I'm a sucker for the Cosmopolitan and Buzzfeed Snapchat stories, I'm not gonna lie.

Some people feel the need to watch all the stories to clear the notification; I am not one of those people. Also, why is the Snapchat camera a thousand times better than the Camera app? LMK.

Con: If your crush doesn't see your story where you look bangin' in the 24 hours it's available, oh well.
I'll be the one to say it: some Snapchat filters are absolutely ridiculous, and I'm not talking about the dog filter. I'm talking like puking rainbows and ugly ones like that. Why, just why?
Also, can we bring back Snapchat best friends? All these emojis are getting confusing.

If we were honest on Snapchat: I'm posting stories to make it look like a have a life, while trying to dodge Snaps from people I don't want to talk to.

Twitter.

Twitter is where you can completely be yourself, and Tweet and Retweet anything you want. There are so many funny accounts to follow. The Dory account for example (as in Dory from Finding Nemo, although unaffiliated with the film), Tweeted this last summer: "I love Twitter because everyone is real af. Instagram is like 'look how great my life is' while Twitter's like, 'I want to die, here's a meme.'" Twitter is the place where beautiful things like this happen:

Pro: I don't know how else to say this, but Twitter is a gift to the world. Twitter conversations, threads, memes, and Vines are hilarious. Plus, hashtags are super powerful, whether it be a new trend (ex. #WasteHisTime, #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly), the world watching something live together, like the Olympics or the Oscars, or a political movement (remember #ICantBreathe?).

Con: There are a ton of parody accounts to watch out for, stolen Tweets, and promoted Tweets and advertisements that can clog up your Timeline. Other than that, it only sucks when someone with a private account gets into an argument with someone you follow, so you can only see half the argument. Twitter wars are the best. Someone grab the popcorn.

If we were honest on Twitter: we are.

Instagram.

Pro: You can flaunt how awesome your outfit, hair, etc. looks today, as well as where you're traveling, who you're hanging out with, and whatever else you deem necessary to fit your "Instagram theme/aesthetic."

Con: You can easily spend literally hours looking at Instagram models and crying while hating your body. Everyone makes their lives look way cooler on Instagram than they do in real life, and it's easy to forget how fake it is. Thus, finstas!

Also, Instagram stories are dumb and SUCH a ripoff of Snapchat. You should be ashamed of yourself, Instagram. I'm not going to stop using you, but I'm not going to post an Instagram story #sorrynotsorry. And if I get ONE MORE notification saying someone started a live video, I'm going to scream.

Also, why isn't Instagram in chronological order anymore? AND, if I'm scrolling on Instagram and then I get another notification, like a Snapchat, and I go open it and respond to it, when I click back to the Instagram app, it's automatically back at the top. This is super annoying because I have to scroll all the way back down to where I was, and sometimes I forget and get all confused. Please fix this ASAP.

If we were honest on Instagram: I'm trying very hard to make myself look good and my life look awesome. It took a hundred photos, a ton of time editing and choosing a filter, and another decade to write a witty caption, to make a post at "prime Instagram like time" and track my likes religiously.

Facebook.

Pro: It is, in my opinion, the best way to stalk someone, or for a better word, investigate. You met a cute guy at a party last night and only have his first name and the college he attends? With a quick Facebook search, you can find him in no time, as well as the pictures of the family fishing trip he took in 2010. Facebook is amazing, really. If people don't delete old, embarrassing pictures, or pictures with exes, you can find all the information you need.

Con: Your entire family, including grandma, is on Facebook. Also, everyone has that friend who posts 600 photos a month to Facebook, and tag you in the ugliest pictures. And, in my opinion, the new options besides Like, including Haha and Angry, are unnecessary. Also, why does Facebook poking even exist? LMK.


If we were honest on Facebook: It may look like I have my life together, but I definitely do not.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

Your caption is just as important as the filter.
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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

44. “I’ma keep running because a winner don’t quit on themselves.” - Beyonce, "Freedom"

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Claudary Jones: Taking On Columbia University

"Not getting to an Ivy League school is not the end of the world."
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This past weekend, one of my best friends visited me from Columbia University. Her name is Claudary Jones and one of the most humble, beautiful, brilliant people I know. You cannot help, but smile when you first meet her because she will always manage to make you smile. During her visit, I made sure to bring her to one of my favorite places off campus, Hidden Grounds. (Anyone who knows me knows that I live there.)

So as the two of us sat there and she sipped the delicious rose chai (highly recommend) I decided to ask her about life at college, at Columbia. Then I got the grand idea to just interview her and here is a portion of our conversation that would be way too long if I put all of it in this article. I may be biased, but she is someone to look up to and learn from.

Last year, you were going through the college application experience. Can you talk a little bit about it?

To say the least, it was stressful but ultimately it was positive and amazing. I had a unique experience. I had to deal with the fact that my father was absent from my life and I had to explain to colleges how he wouldn't be able to help me pay for college. I had a couple schools reject my noncustodial parent waiver, which would have impacted my financial aid. I had to work harder to convince them and plead my case.

What advice would you give to someone in that situation?

To not be afraid and speak up for yourself. I had to use my voice whether it was writing or making phone calls to explain my situation. Your voice matters and I realized that during the process. Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself.

And what would you say to someone who doesn’t get into an ivy league school?

Ivy league schools aren't the only schools in the country or the world. Most people don't get in and go on to do amazing things.

Tell me why you love Columbia.

Let me tell you the top three reasons why I love Columbia or I guess what I would call the three C’s, cash, clout, and city.

1. Cash: I would say that the financial aid office is understanding and very accommodating so that was a really big factor when I chose Columbia because I have the cash that other schools just don’t have.

2. Clout: So, Columbia is an Ivy League school and it is a competitive place. It is really challenging for students and being in this environment has helped me grow and be better. An advantage I'll be able to use no matter where I go.

3. City: The city is very important to me, being in the heart of Manhattan. Socially and culturally, it’s a really great experience. I’m able to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for free as a student and anytime that I want to. I also have access to events, festivals and have very easy access to public transportation. It’s easy for me to go anywhere in the city. It's a fun and exciting place to explore, especially with friends.

How has your first year at college been?

I will say that I’m glad to be done with my first year, although I did enjoy it. I’m just honestly more excited about my second year. I’m going to be a resident assistant, so I will get my own room and bathroom, which is awesome and I’m very excited because I'll be in a leadership role. I am also excited for my classes because I am finally taking classes more focused on sociology and human rights.

Did you have any issues with transitioning into college?

I didn’t have that much of an issue transitioning. I found my friends rather quickly. Living with another person was hard because you’re dealing with someone else. It was hard considering the fact that I’m an only child and I lived in a room all by myself for most of my life. I had to realize that I am living with another person who has a different schedule, has different needs and habits. From that experience, I learned a lot about having to communicate with people and that’s very important in order to get something accomplished and live with someone else.

What were the obstacles you had to overcome socially?

Some of the issues I overcame were how to manage my frustration when you find other people are talking about you. But I realized it's OK, not everybody will like you and that is fine.

What did you expect to find in college?

What I did not expect to find were really, really close friends. I would say that I’ve already found my best friends. That was something I didn’t expect.

You identify yourself as a black and queer woman. How has that shaped the way you approach things and your experience at Columbia?

I guess my race and sexuality do shape how I look at things at Columbia because I tend to look at things from a colonial perspective. In class, we read on a lot of western European literature and we listen to a lot of European music for music humanities and look at European art. There was such a large emphasis on European culture. So I actively commented how it’s not inclusive or, I guess, how it portrays black people.

I would say that it doesn’t greatly affect me. Columbia University is really diverse like Rutgers. So everyone brings their own perspective and I try to bring my perspective whenever I can.

What would be your advice to anyone starting college?

Not getting to an Ivy league school is not the end of the world. An Ivy should not be used as a proxy for intelligence because I can tell you there are plenty of people and people who get into schools for different reasons. It's OK.

What are your plans after college?

Make the best of your experience because you've the power. It's all up to you, so be open minded and try new things.

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