Social media orientation: Accounts to follow for news, updates and connections

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Follow these accounts to stay up to date on the latest news and newest opportunities available to students.

As we navigate classes from all parts of the globe, social media is a sure-fire way to connect with administrators, students and faculty.

To keep in touch with the GW community through social media, make sure to follow official profiles from the University, schools, administrators and student organizations. Here’s a rundown of GW-affiliated social media accounts to follow for a news fix, important announcements, sports season and school-specific resources.

For GW news, announcements:

@gwtweets is the University’s official Twitter account, keeping students and faculty up to date with information about campus news with daily tweets. The account sometimes responds to student tweets, so you can “at” them if you have a question.

@gwstudents_ is the Student Association’s Instagram and Twitter handles. The SA posts about everything from funding, health and academic resources to advocacy projects they’re involved with.

@gwhatchet is the Twitter and Instagram handle for the University’s independent student newspaper, which you’re reading right now. You can expect in-depth news coverage, breaking news and opinions pieces written by your peers. We post content from all of our sections on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook daily.

@gwdining offers information about dozens of dining options around campus. The Twitter account highlights dining deals, new GWorld vendors and dining programs.

Overheard at GW isn’t necessarily a news source, but you should follow the Facebook page to connect with peers and stay in touch with the on-campus conversation. The page started off as a platform for students to post about funny quotes or quips they heard around campus, but since the pandemic, it’s been used as a place to air grievances, spread petitions and hear about resources provided to students.

@cissypetty is the vice president of student affairs and dean of students. Her daily posts provide students with academic advice, uplifting quotes and information about the University. She’s known for interacting with students directly, so you could message her directly if you have a question or concern.

For D.C.-area news, accounts:

@nationals is the professional baseball team based in D.C. and the reigning 2019 World Series Championship. The account has been recounting the highlights of their games with fans and sharing videos of their most valuable players or plays.

@eater_dc is the best Twitter handle for foodies, dishing out tips on the best restaurants to visit around the District. It often highlights restaurant openings or closings and serves as a good source to figure out where to eat.

@barredindc/@therealbarredindc is a blog that focuses on bars and the nightlife industry in D.C. Its social media engagement promotes fun go-to places for residents and includes commentary on the D.C. bar scene.

@DCist is a newspaper that covers D.C. news, curiosities and culture.  If you follow DCist, you can expect news about the general D.C. area, including information about the D.C. Council, Kennedy Center events and openings or closings.

For humor:

@the_gw_ratchet offers a satire of The Hatchet. Its graphics and color scheme are similar to that of The Hatchet, and the content pokes fun at the administration and policies with fake headlines like “University announces full divestment by 2025″ and “Sunrise members cry in joy & sadness that they now need a new personality trait.”

‘GW Memes for join without video teens’ is a public Facebook group where students can share humorous content related to the GW community. You need to be in tune with University issues and happenings to understand the jokes, so scroll through the group to get a sense of what students post before considering your own meme.

For all things sports:

@gwsports manages news and updates from all 27 sports teams. Through social media, it maintains contact with other teams by interacting with other collegiate athletic posts and promoting athletes and sports programs.

@hatchetsports derives from the sports section of The Hatchet. Led by the sports and contributing sports editors, @hatchetsports shares live game coverage and sports updates.

For school-specific information:

@CorcoranGW/@corcoran_gw – The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design on Twitter and Instagram

@ElliottSchoolGW – The Elliott School of International Affairs on Twitter and Instagram

@gwucolumbian – The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences on Twitter and Instagram

@gwengineering/@gwseas – The School of Engineering and Applied Science on Twitter and Instagram

@gwbusiness – The GW School of Business on Twitter and Instagram

@smpagwu  – The School of Media and Public Affairs on Twitter and Instagram

@gwsmhs – The School of Medicine and Health Sciences on Twitter and Instagram

@gwpublichealth – The Milken Institute School of Public Health on Twitter and Instagram

@cpsgwu – The College of Professional Studies on Twitter

@gwnursing – The School of Nursing on Twitter and Instagram

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