Sometimes students look up their sponsors on social media in order to learn more about them. Often times they will reach out to their sponsor and begin to communicate with them. While more connection would seem like a good thing, we have actually had to make a policy that students don’t connect with their sponsors directly until after they graduate from our schools. Because of cultural differences, sometimes students will ask for additional financial support not realizing this is inappropriate. Additionally, because they share a smartphone with other family members sometimes other people will request funds pretending to be your student. The only way to avoid such confusion and deception is to ask students to communicate through our sponsorship office, whom then sends you an email with a message. If a student is breaking the rules and contacts you through social media, feel free to let us know.