YouTube is a website where the strange and the unpleasant have found a home alongside the countless other videos that keep insomniacs like me entertained at night and asleep in class.
Over the past year or so, some potential students have applied to our prestigious slice of heaven via YouTube. Awful idea.
YouTube is meant to be a place for “trolls,” a term used to describe users on the site who spend all of their time making witty and often vulgar remarks at the expense of the uploader or the content of the video itself.
Needless to say, I am a troll. While I feel video submissions are an interesting and refreshing approach to the stale application process high school seniors have to face, uploading the videos via YouTube is an awful way to go about this.
First off, allow me to reiterate the emotional and unrelenting stress that trolling has on YouTube users. Do people want to be told they’re terrible musicians?
Not really. Is it unnecessary to point out all of the camp, idiocy, lack of genuine thought, and failure in every application tape? No. Are trolls likely to make these comments in spades? Most probably.
Trolls are not ones to hold back their opinions; it is their sole purpose on YouTube to rip apart anything that may be considered unique or “cool” by the people who watch or create the videos.
Once again, I know this because I have spent plenty of hours making fun of Justin Bieber or that one girl who looks like an walrus.
Furthermore, one of the main complaints at St. Mary’s is the connection speed and bandwidth on the campus and in the dorms in particular.
By posting YouTube applications, potential students are forcing the Admissions staff to suck up all of the bandwidth available for us, the current students enrolled at the college.
How does the college expect students to be on top of their e-mail accounts, their Blackboard assignments, and their Facebooks or Tumblrs if there is no bandwidth to support it?
YouTube is a bandwidth hog and prospective students are enabling the Admissions staff to take what little is left for the student population.
I would understand the efficiency of the YouTube application process if we had decent internet, but Verizon isn’t on their game and therefore it’s an issue worth noting.
Unfortunately, video applications, especially via YouTube, are going to appeal to people as an interesting medium that doesn’t take nearly as much effort as trying to prove yourself through writing.
Or, for some others, they put too much effort in their video. Trying too hard can often make you look like you’re trying too hard.
In closing, I find this to be a potentially demeaning and tacky method for application and while I have seen well-made, interesting submissions, most of the videos have been a waste of five minutes of my life.
Then again, maybe this is just the troll in me.