Like it or not, your reputation will precede you. But depending on how you handle yourself on and off campus helps determine if the preceding is good or bad.It does not matter if you are not the most sociable—you never know who may be connected to someone important or who notices you on campus. Below are three ways that you can use to keep your reputation intact:
- Keep your true circle small: One quick way to ruin a reputation is a rumor, because unfortunately, most people will not take the time to confirm if the rumor is true or not. For this reason, it is best to keep your personal business in a personal zone. Everyone is not your friend. Know the difference between associates, acquaintances, and actual friends. After realizing the difference between those you converse with, determine who should know what and how much they should know on the subject. A simple detail from one conversation can be the hottest topic on campus the very next day. Words travel fast, especially when they are embellished with exaggeration and lies.
- Keep it cute: Even off campus and on the party scene, it is understandable that you will want to enjoy the nightlife, because for some, that is a part of the college experience. But in this millennial media age, your college experience may be shared with those you do not know. Social media outlets like Snapchat and Instagram make it clear that “social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively,” according to Amy Jo Martin, an author, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Digital Royalty. Enjoy yourself but be aware of your limits and your surroundings. Do not become someone else’s social media joke. Going viral can have its negative effects if done for the wrong reasons.
- Keep your word: You are what you do, not what you say that you will do. If the meeting starts at 7:00pm, be there at 6:45pm just to be safe. If you tell your colleague that you will provide him or her with a piece of project puzzle, then provide that piece. It only takes one mistake to ruin a good reputation.
Your reputation is everything. If you want to be anywhere in a business setting it is crucial that this reputation be of good stature. There are instances where one may be qualified or even over-qualified for a position but because of one’s reputation does not get that position. Do not let that be you!