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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Call Me a Curmudgeon, But Email Etiquette Is Suffering From Stage Four Neglect

Part 1: The Problem
Appreciation of the power of the written (or texted, "tweeted," updated, emailed, or "Skyped") word, and also of the permanency of electronic communication is vital to one's social survival in the 21st century. 

It is also vital to your college admission prospects.

I have received so many egregious abuses of email correspondence from prospective students that I felt compelled to offer some friendly advice. Hopefully it will save you from some embarrassment (and me from developing an ulcer).

Some choice examples can be found at the bottom of this post (or you can skip to "Pt. 2: The Solution" if you already recognize your faults and don't care to read my diatribe).

Monday, April 16, 2012

Introducing Michaelanne(gelo), Our Newest Student Blogger

  • Quintessentially Quirky
  • A red-head in denial
  • Emphatically Anti-Skin Cancer (or pro-sunscreen, depending on how you want to spin it)
  • Curious (and also Collegiate)
  • Coffee Aficionado
  • Believer in Carpe[ing] Diems
  • Student of the Globe (and Money)
  • Generally Awesome

The preceding list is but a scanty preview of our witty and well-red student blogger Michaelanne. She's "attempting, as many have before her, to chronicle the curious life of a college student." She's doing a pretty darn good job.

A little about her: she's from Arizona, though she moved to California in high school. I don't blame her, because she has ruddy hair and most likely the sun-tolerance of a (non-glittering-type) vampire. She's petite, smart as a whip, and has a dry and understated sense of humor that often evokes delayed laughter when one finally catches up to the joke. 

Her blog, The Curious Collegiate, is about her experience here at Marymount, and is definitely worth a read. Check it out here.