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Soon enough, summer vacation will be over and millions of high school graduates will be taking the next step to college, where they will be using email a lot more frequently than high school students. Managing emails for multiple classes while getting daily updates from the university can get overwhelming. On average, email users receive 147 emails per day, and they don’t stop when in class or studying. If incoming freshmen are not organized and accustomed to receiving a large number of emails, it can be easy for them to become distracted by the constant barrage of messages that are popping up in the corner of their laptop or making their smartphone buzz.
Without an organized inbox, students are also more susceptible to missing important deadlines and required forms that may be critical to college success and their well-being. There is no worse feeling than dragging yourself out of bed to a 9 am lecture only to find out that you’re the only one there because you missed an email from the professor letting you know that class was cancelled. If there is a worse feeling, it may be missing an email that affects your college performance, like failing to drop a class before the deadline.
Too efficiently manage their inbox, new college students should consider the following:
Starting college can be an overwhelming time for many young adults. Moving to a new place and living with strangers can be a difficult adjustment, never mind adapting to a different schedule and dealing with the added workload. Email is meant to be used as a tool that simplifies communication but can easily become a disorganized nightmare if the proper steps aren’t taken. For most freshmen, this is the first time they are sorely responsible for managing all communication from a financial aid officer, living groups, or academic departments. Those students that do commit to efficient email practices will benefit from less stress and more time enjoying the perks of being a college student.
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