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A Note on Social Media

Dear Spring 2021 Travelers,

Your program is just around the corner and we’re sure you’re as excited as we are to see how the semester unfolds! While we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions right away, we have a request for you: please do not seek out your fellow travelers on social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, SnapChat, etc.) before the course.

Let us explain: it is our intention to provide you with the best Dragons experience possible. Over the past 25 years, we’ve learned that that you will get the most out of your program if you’re able to make fresh introductions on the day your course begins, unfiltered by online profiles and preconceptions. We welcome you to intentionally introduce yourself here, and we hope that you will use this site to voice your hopes for the semester. At the same time, we’d like to avoid students forming any sort of “cliques” online before the course starts. We certainly know that you can all find each other on social media, and while we cannot forbid such networking, we encourage you to abstain from doing so until after the course. Instead, we invite you to meet your group without pre-judgment and with a willingness to open yourself to everything new, different, and unexpected.

Lastly, we recommend that you use only your first name in your introduction post to give yourself some future privacy, as your posts may remain Googleable far into the future. Your instructors will be posting letters of introduction soon and we encourage you to take a moment to post a bit about yourself here.

We look forward to connecting with you very soon!

Sincerely,
The Dragons Admin Team