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Email Control

Increase your chance of admission & recruitment with this ONE tip!

This is the time of year when I do routine check-in meetings with all my students. One of the things we work on is building student independence and good habits that will help them be successful student-athletes in college. It should come as no surprise to most parents and coaches that one of the things my students struggle with the most is responding to emails. Often, I can only get a hold of someone by texting them to remind them to check their emails. However, this is only a band-aid – we need a solution. College admissions and recruitment doesn’t operate over text or private messages on social media. It is wholly completed by email. If students don’t get into the habit of checking emails, crucial messages can go unread, possibly an acceptance or recruitment slot. Here are a couple of quick tips to help students gain control over a flooded inbox:

  • Start checking emails! (And delete and unsubscribe!)This may seem simple, but you gotta start somewhere. Many students have had their emails added to mailing lists from their PSAT/SAT or ACTs. If you see those emails, scroll down and click the UNSUBSCRIBE button. If you can, set a goal of 25-50 emails daily to go through, delete, and unsubscribe. 

  • Organize your email into folders/labels (college, rugby, personal, school) to help keep your inbox sane. I use gmail and it is much easier to find emails/sort and stay on top of things when things are in the correct folder. Here is a great tutorial on how to do this.

  • Now that you are checking your emails, click and open ones from colleges you care about and are interested in. Did you know some colleges track your history and see if you open the mail they send you? It makes sense – they want to know if you are truly interested in them by the time you apply. Therefore, if you see an email from a college, you want to "show the love" to – click on it and read through it!

  • Last but not least, make it a habit to check your email EVERY DAY. Not once a month!

Good luck and happy inbox cleaning!

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