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Promoting Use of College E-Mail
Q: Why Should You Encourage Your Student to Use Her Curry College E-Mail?
Our college students are members of the internet generation. They live with social media, and they use the internet for their source of music and entertainment. However, many of today's college students do not turn to e-mail as a source of communication. Most students do have an e-mail account, but many don't check it often. If they want to reach their friends, they text, or tweet, or post on Facebook or some other social media site. However, like most colleges, Curry College assigns students an official e-mail account, and uses that account to communicate important information to your student. Encouraging your student to begin to check her college e-mail account frequently will ensure that she doesn't miss important information.
Here are some important reminders about why it is important for your student to use her Curry College e-mail account:
A: We use e-mail to transmit important information.
More and more colleges are sending students information solely through e-mail, as is the case at Curry. We may post some information on our website, but no longer send information to students via snail mail for the bulk of our day to day communication. When we send information via e-mail, we send only to our official Curry College e-mail list.
A: Students are held responsible for information sent via e-mail.
If we send information via e-mail - notices, deadlines, names of advisor, etc., we expect students to have the information and be responsible for it. Students who do not check their official e-mail may miss key information and/or deadlines.
A: College offices and faculty members recognize college e-mail as legitimate.
If your student uses his college e-mail to contact a faculty or staff member, that person will recognize the official e-mail address. Because of concerns about computer viruses, many faculty and staff members will not open e-mails whose addresses they don't recognize. Something which comes from cutiepie@aol may go directly into the trash. E-mails with odd addresses may not even make it past a Curry firewall.
A: Checking a college e-mail account is good practice for the professional world.
In many professions, employees have official business e-mail accounts separate from their personal accounts. They are expected to check it frequently (sometimes constantly) and to use that e-mail for business purposes. Colleges are following that lead. Having your student check and use his official e-mail will instill important habits for his professional life.
A: Students can reply easily and document conversations.
If a student receives an e-mail from a faculty member, it is easy to hit reply and to respond. Both the student and the faculty member can respond at a convenient time for them. There will also be a documentation of the conversation later. This can be crucial if the student needs to reconfirm the time of an appointment, or remember what the professor said about an assignment, or remind the professor that he agreed to something. A phone conversation may rely solely on memory.
A: E-mail is a good way to stay connected during the summer.
Although Curry may not be sending students as much information over the summer, there may be some important notices. Checking e-mail occasionally will allow the student to stay informed about upcoming deadlines or changing policies.
A: Students can retain their email address after graduation.
At Curry, student email accounts remain active after graduation, thereby allowing your student to keep connected as a member of our alumni community...
As college parents, encouraging your student to use her college e-mail wisely and professionally is another step toward important independence. She will be able to access information, respond when necessary, and she will have a new professional habit instilled.