This article is based on the AskReddit question "Teachers, have you ever looked up social media of past students? What's your best success story?"
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1. The student that got his life together
One of my students was the typical stoner. Extremely smart, easily one of my top students. He just couldn't be asked to care.
I pushed him in my class and he pulled an A. Apparently one of his first. He graduates and the other teachers assume that he'll be getting a dead end job in no time.
Fast forward 2 years later I find out that he's a sales exec with a massive German shipping company on the fast track to management. He has a ridiculously hot Brazilian girlfriend, and seems like he got his things together.
I'm happy for him.
2. Oopsies! busted!
My media law and ethics professor liked a 95 week old post on my Instagram. I only noticed because I was on the app and tapped the notification as soon as I saw it. He ‘unliked' it almost immediately.
Two weeks later in class we were covering social media ethics and in his lecture made a comment about looking us up online, then said he was joking, he hadn't done it. But I saw that like.
3. A real life situation
My teacher told us a story from when he was at another school. He was supposed to do an IT class, and he looked up all the students' names in advance and memorized them. You can imagine the shock on the students' faces. He then proceeded to data fish them by creating a fake google login page on his own website. Of course he didn't do any harm, he just sent an email back containing their passwords.
Their reaction was "Well that was a good lesson, but we wouldn't fall for this in a real life situation" to which he replied
"If you didn't notice it already this was a real life situation.”
4. From nothing to something
I knew a kid in high school who was doing some pretty awful things, would go around smashing windows, throwing rocks at cars for fun, etc. Later on, he had a really bad drug habit and got arrested for telling the cops he was robbed at gunpoint for money but it turns out he was lying.
Recently saw an article in a finance website that quoted some of his investing tactics. Looked him up on Facebook and he's a very, very wealthy stock broker or something in NYC.