Thursday, August 27, 2009

What your email address really says


I hope your school year is off to a great start! My name is Kelly Ochs, and I’m an assistant director of admissions. I'm guest blogging with Dave Graves this week. Thankfully, Dave has tackled the big topics like Early Action versus Regular Decision, leaving me to talk about something somewhat less serious (but still important!).

Each year, we like to pull interesting statistics about our applicants, such as what the most common women's name in the applicant pool was (Sarah this year; William was the most common men's name). This year, we also pulled some information about email addresses. Email is how you communicate with your friends or maybe with that cute guy in your Pre-Cal class. Your email address says a lot about you. But your email address is also one way our office communicates with you. When you apply for admission, we ask for your email address on your application. We send emails to you letting you know if we have not received all of the materials necessary to review your application, and we see your email address when we read your application. We want to get to know you through your application, but there are some things we don't need to know.

It might be alright for your friends to call you "Big Daddy," but it makes me a little uncomfortable emailing "Big Daddy" to let him know his test scores are not here. As far as we can tell from email addresses, we had three "geeks" apply, one "dork," four "maniacs," seven "divas," and three other "daddies." Some other ones that caught our attention were "tallsexythang," "wildthang," and "missthang."

I'm not trying to suggest that you change your email address to "GoDawgs101" (trust me, we get enough of those), but provide us with an email address that you feel represents you in the best way. I'm not sure what the email address "toomuchbootieinthepants" (my favorite) says about you, but I can't imagine that's what you want us to remember you for when we read your application.

What's the best email address you've seen? (Please nothing vulgar! Also leave out the @yahoo/gmail/whatever.com).

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