School email–CRUCIAL (even when it’s old-school)

Okay, Center for Academic Excellence and ASC staff are mostly about telling you things that are a good idea if you want to succeed at school. If you want to use them, cool.  If not, that’s okay too. But this is something that you have to do to survive at school: you must have a plan for accessing and reading your school email on a regular basis, preferably every day.

Image of inbox from Lifehacker email article

For the record, I'm not calling MY school's email client crappy

Why? For one thing, this is how your professor will tell you important things like whether class is canceled or that there’s a change in a major assignment.  It’s how the Registrar’s office will tell you that you’re signed up for an internship you forgot all about.  If a judicial board or an administrative office is trying to get in touch with you, you want to know sooner rather than later. You really should see the invitation from that cool student  in your Algebra and Trig class who wants you to join a study group.

Maybe, though, you hate your school email. The Outlook web access is too slow, or doesn’t work in Firefox. The inbox fills up in a couple days, and you don’t have time to sift through it carefully before you delete everything. You get too much junk mail.

We get it. We sympathize.  You still have to read your school email, though, and there are simple solutions that can make it all easier.

The first and easiest thing you can do is set a rule in your school email to forward all your messages to another email address that you can read more easily.  It takes only a minute or two to tell your Outlook account to do this. Forward everything to something like a Gmail account with a free, huge size limit. That way, you can read your email in an interface that you’re comfortable with and may work a little more quickly. Just as important, when you suspect (as you inevitably will) that there was some important information you received that you deleted or lost, you can quickly search for it in your Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, or AOL.

So please, take a minute today to set up a rule to forward your email. You’ll be glad you did.  Check out Franklin Pierce-specific directions on forwarding, and more general post about dealing with school webmail, below.

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