It’s reminiscent of College ACB: Anonymous students submit personal confessions or Tufts-related gossip. Each post is featured on a Facebook page for students to view.
Or such is Tufts Confessions’ creator Nicole Dahan’s hope.
Dahan, a sophomore, began the Facebook page Feb. 15 as a comical way for students to share things they wouldn’t otherwise say. Since it launched, over 600 students have “liked” and submitted messages to the Facebook page.
Anonymous students’ confessions inundate the SurveyMonkey account that feeds the page — which just requires an answer to the question “What is your Tufts confession?”. From anecdotes about weekend antics to secret crushes, Dahan publishes all submissions.
“Some are definitely a joke,” Dahan said. “But I think some of them are definitely truthful. As long as no one is directly insulted, I put it on the page.”
Though she does not read confessions before posting them, she said she has been surprised by their content. Compared to that she read on the University of Wisconsin Confessions page that inspired her creation, Dahan said she expected fewer wild stories from Tufts.
“Our posts are equally crazy as schools really renowned for being a party school,” Dahan said. “I didn’t think people were so weird.”
Several colleges in the United States have similar anonymous tell-all Facebook accounts.
While these pages’ posts cover various topics, Tufts Free Compliments president Brendan Conron, a sophomore, said he believes Tufts Confessions does not accurately portray the character of Tufts’ undergraduate students.
“Ideally, it would serve as a way for people to express a sentiment that if their name was attached to it they’d be socially judged for it,” Conron said. “The way it’s being used is kind of sad.”
In the process of implementing Tufts Free Compliments’ new anonymous submission site — created before Tufts Confessions — Conron said he commends Dahan’s savvy in how she operates the Facebook page.
Yet Conron said he is worried false submissions could tarnish others’ reputation on campus. For example, recent posts about fraternity hazing he said worried him.
“People need to realize responsible usage,” Conron said. “This is the most vocal I’ve seen Tufts students.”
While she said she has not had problems with the page, Dahan said she would take down individual posts if a student requested it.
Thus far, Dahan has balanced the demands of the page with homework without issue — if the time burden increases, she said she’ll solicit posting help from a friend.