Staying focused and organized while in college can be difficult. You have your close friends who you hang out with the outside of school, you have your class friends who you sit within class and partner with for projects, and you have your acquaintances that you maintain connections with but don’t speak to very often. And, just like friends, you probably have different email addresses for different purposes.
Typically, while in school, students have their personal email address and are then also given a school email address as well. It can sometimes be difficult in deciding which email to communicate with for different purposes. For example, when submitting a resume to a potential employer, many students face the dilemma of deciding to contact them via school email or personal email.
One easy fix to clear things up and keep things organized is to create a third, completely separate email address. This email address will be used for professional purposes only. With this email, you can connect it to your LinkedIn profile, send follow up messages to network connections, and apply to jobs.
Your school email can be used to communicate with your professors, to share editable documents between project partners, and to access different information about your student account. Your personal email should be used when putting in your email address for online purchases and subscriptions, communicating with your family members and friends, and for other miscellaneous things.
Essentially, think of your three separate email accounts like how you would think about the different groups of people in your college life. Think of your personal email as your close friends, using this email for private subscriptions and family concerns. Think of your school email as your class friends, people who you mostly interact with because they are in your class and you need to collaborate on a project with them.
Lastly, think of your work email as your acquaintances. Keep everything formal and to the point, without excessive intercommunication or personal problems being discussed.