Facebook groups and pages are good ways to get to know certain groups of people. You can have a community and meet people through the page. You get a lot of good from them, but, unfortunately, you get some bad along with it. Being involved in 5 DCP Groups and one page, I’ve learned a lot about the people I will be spending the next 6 1/2 months with. It’s not all pretty, and it’s actually a little scary.
I’m in so many groups because I wanted to be able to be in contact with different groups of people. There are different groups depending on your role, move-in date, housing, etc. I just added myself into all of them for networking.
I’m in the MAIN DCP 2014 group, though I have removed and re-added myself so many times because there are so many arguments started in the comments of posts. The drama that exists in these groups is insane. We haven’t even had a chance to MEET each other, and I already hate some of those who will be attending the program with me. Although I’ve heard the parent group is worse, the regular student group is pretty bad, too. Everyone who was even interested in the program is a part of this group, so you have a mix of NLIC’s, alumni, and current accepted CPs. This leads to drama just because of the sheer size and emotions going through everyone for whatever reason.
I am also in the group for those who are accepted into the spring advantage program. This is a little bit smaller, and really, this and all the other groups I am in are the same. They run together and the rest of my pros and cons about these pages are for the groups in general. I’m also a part of the attractions group, and the January 13th arrivals group.
Besides the drama that is mostly present in the main group, the main thing that bothers me about the type of posts made is the way people ask their questions. When people ask, “Is anyone moving in on [insert day here]? I don’t want to be the only one!” Out of 5,000 people, you WILL NOT BE THE ONLY ONE MOVING IN ON ANY GIVEN DAY. It’s just an idiotic way of asking a question. Same with “Is anyone accepted into [insert role]?”or “Is there anyone from [Insert state]?” If you were asking a specific city, I would be more caring, but it’s just the way the questions are formed, more than the actual question they mean to ask.
What I love about being a part of these groups is for the actually useful questions. Like about the Disney Look, or things to do around Orlando, how off days work, or the typical shift in the program. It’s worth it to ignore and silently judge people’s dumb comments when you’re looking for something specific. I’ve used it myself to double-check something or find out how life down there works.
Tonight, I discovered a new page. The DCP Confessions page. It just sprung up, and I thought it would be interesting to like it and see what happens. If the main Facebook group has drama, this page is the MOTHERLODE of drama. This page is the drama mama. It’s disgusting what people will say when they get to remain anonymous. We learned this from the HSU Crushes twitter page, that people are gross. Here are a few examples of the worst things said (so far) on the page.