Wednesday, October 26, 2011

School E-Mail

Hey everyone! How is it going? A funny thing happened to me today. A few days ago someone at the office asked me to answer an e-mail for an article at US News. Well, big achievement that my name made it there today! I would have thought that if they ever quoted me there, it would be for something cooler. I guess I'm not a hipster. However, I think the topic is interesting for today's students. Plus, since my name's there, I have to tell you guys about it!

The article gives some tips on how to manage college e-mail. In an age where online communication is essential, many college students still have problems managing the different accounts. Which sometimes leads to missing important information about their courses. There are different ways to make it easier for everyone to get the important e-mails so that students don't lose track of anything going on at school, but still without receiving the annoying spams.

You can see the article here: page 1 / page 2
Here are the 5 tips that US News gives. Please, do support number four. Yes, "I am number 4".

1. Outsource your campus E-mail

Here they're recommending to give access to your school e-mail to someone like your parents. Since the school e-mail is meant to be used for school related issues, having them read it can be helpful. However, I wouldn't say this is necessary for everyone. Personally, I don't have anyone else reading mine.

2. Follow your school via social media

I really agree on this one. In the case of Berkeley, I get the most important information via social media. The events are posted on Twitter, Facebook... and the information regarding your courses and administrative stuff is always available on Blackboard Learn. Most of the times I get the information from those sources faster than from the e-mail.

3. Create filters and folders

Important one if you don't want to go crazy with your e-mail inbox!

4. Forward E-mails to an external server or smartphone 
"Jose Navarro, a junior at Berkeley College, says he forwards his school E-mails to his personal Gmail address.
"I rarely open the actual school E-mail—maybe twice every quarter," he says.
Navarro says students who choose to forward their E-mails should ensure the destination E-mail address isn't marking messages from their school as spam or junk, a suggestion that Sreenivasan echoes."

Not much more to add :)

5. Unsubscribe from whatever you can

Finally, get rid of the spam. This one applies to all your e-mail accounts. The less junk mail you get, the easier it is to read your e-mails and to maintain an organized inbox. However, be careful with what you mark as junk, since you might miss valuable e-mails!

I hope everyone is doing fine and getting ready for the Halloween weekend! See you soon!

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