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Campus email system important, frustrating

It was the beginning of summer, and I was looking forward to an important email concerning an internship that I had applied for.

Every time my phone buzzed, I eagerly checked my mailbox to see if it was the email I was looking for had finally been received.

However, every time I got that notification, it was for a campus update email.

I was so frustrated with constantly having to check my inbox just to see a campus update and having to delete it in anticipation for the email I was waiting for.

This made me realize how many of campus updates we receive a day. It is ridiculous.

Then I thought about it some more. Just about every University student finds those campus updates annoying. I also know that most of my friends ignore them.

For one, half of the time, campus updates do not even pertain to the student as an individual. Literally, a student can go months without reading one and not miss a thing during the academic year.

Organizations advertise in them because it is a free and easy route to do so, but if students openly admit to deleting them before even opening them, then clearly they are not serving their purpose to these organizations.

Not only are they annoying during the academic year, but after dealing with them all summer, I find that they are even more annoying when I am not taking classes.

Like the majority of students, I am not on campus. I am not living in Bowling Green. I do not need to know every update concerning campus. Especially multiple times a day.

I get it, there is a lot of construction going on and parking lots are closed, but I am going to be honest, I do not care.

I also do not care about any outages that are happening in the city or in a dorm that I do not live in.

I can see the purpose of campus updates because I know how important it is for students to be informed. However, the amount of emails that are sent out seem to lessen their importance.

Maybe if one important one was sent a day, students would pay more attention to them and take them more seriously.

But no, instead we receive multiple emails, depending on the day of course, with seemingly insignificant updates.

I feel that if an update was really so important for the students to know about then there should be another way to do so or maybe we need to rethink the type of information allowed in the campus updates.

Maybe we should allow the students to opt-in or out of receiving them depending on their own personal preference, especially since it is the individual’s own personal responsibility to determine how involved they wish to be with things happening on campus.

Overall, I think that the campus update emails mean well, but they are certainly annoying. I do not like checking my inbox every day and seeing two to three new campus updates. They take up space and make me miss potentially more important emails.

They are loaded with irrelevant updates. And if they are relevant they usually pertain to only a small portion of the student population.

Until something is done to revise the campus updates, determine what their real purpose is and change how many are sent per day, they will, in my opinion, continue to be an annoyance and take up valuable space in my inbox.

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