5 Tips for Managing Your Campus E-mail

Students can use a variety of techniques, including filtering, creating folders, and flagging spam.

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"I rarely open the actual school E-mail—maybe twice every quarter," he says.

Navarro says students who choose to forward their E-mails should ensure the destination E-mail address isn't marking messages from their school as spam or junk, a suggestion that Sreenivasan echoes.

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Sreenivasan adds that Gmail has the perk of letting users toggle between accounts. "You can have multiple identities within Gmail, so you can respond as if you are writing back from your college address," he says.

Caroline Radaj, a senior at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, encourages students to have their campus E-mail accounts forward messages to their smartphones, but urges them to set their phones to receive E-mails only when they manually refresh their E-mail applications.

"If I had my phone at automatic push, I would constantly be bombarded with E-mails," she says.

5. Unsubscribe from whatever you can: Jones, the UNC professor who quit E-mail, says students tend to arrive on campus wanting to be involved in everything. Before subscribing to too many newsletters, students should consider how difficult it is to remove themselves from those lists, he says.

"The hard part is going and turning off all these [newsletters], but that's probably the most productive thing you can do to reduce your mailbox size," he says.

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