With graduation approaching, I find myself looking back at my years as a Temple Owl and wondering what lessons could have helped me when I transferred as a sophomore. Those tid-bits of knowledge that would have made life easier. Gems of wisdom like the Bagel Hut outside of Alter Hall hands-down has the best coffee and bagels on campus (Know why? Jo, the owner, picks the bagels up from New York every morning – you’re welcome). How about who really makes the best Philly cheese-steak (Pat and Geno’s can’t be the only options)? What about the best pizza (Lorenzo’s on South St., in case you were wondering)? And if someone could have shared with me what ‘Spring Fling’ was before I took a sip of my friends “coffee” in my 8am marketing class, I would have been extremely appreciative. A reminder that the subway will not take you home after midnight, could have saved me from a few cab rides. And a warning to never walk alone at night should have been plastered on every street corner. (Whether you be Mr. Tough Guy or Ms. Independent, it doesn’t matter. It’s a college campus, true. But it’s a North Philly college campus.) You can never be too safe.
These comments and answers to questions would have made my first year at Temple much easier, however, there is one thing that I wish someone had taught me that makes such a difference in how you’re viewed virtually. What is this game-changing activity? Creating an alias for my email to change it from a tuc#### to my actual name. Students outside of the Fox School of Business might not consider it important, but you should.
Every since I started working in SEO I have realized how much importance is placed on your chosen email. Think about it! Your name carries meaning and can in many ways shape the person you are or are going to become. The name you are given at birth is no longer chosen in order for you to blend in, but to stand out from all the others. In a CNN study from 2010, it was discovered that your name can even influence a person’s grades in school, residency, or even future job. So, if that much thought is put into your name, why shouldn’t the decision of your email address be given the same respect and carry the same consequences?
Whether or not you get a response from someone can be solely determined on your choice of email. No one wants to get emails from an address that starts with info@, contact@, or is a jumble of letters and numbers. Fact. How many times have you deleted an email without reading it because it had a shady looking email address? I know I have. Sorry if it was your email, but you have no one to blame but yourself here.
Anyway, I may not be able to help all the normal Gmail users out there, but for those Temple Owls out there that don’t know how to change their hideous Temple University Email – tu(letter)####@temple.edu – to an appealing address, this TUmail tutorial is for you.
Now, the first step is to go to tuportal.temple.edu and sign in.
Once you are logged in, the second step is to look in the left-hand side bar under “TU APPLICATIONS” and select “Cherry and White Update.”
Next, the third step is to type in your new professional looking TUMail Email alias (or alias’ if you so choose). You can have up to 5 different alias’. I have only every used kathryn.cudemo for my E-mail and it has worked out well for me.
Finally, step 4, click submit and start sending out emails with a super professional looking email address!
BONUS: If you are unsure about what email alias to choose, check out this post for professional email address examples. (HINT: TieMeUp53@ Prettybabie@ Birdwatcher@ Mamasboyz@ are all examples of what email addresses NOT to chose. No, I didn’t make those up (as much as I wish I had). They were mentioned by a recruiter on a LinkedIn discussion that, unfortunately, saw these horrendous emails on resumes. Don’t repeat their mistakes, I beg of you!
So, let me know if this helped you change your email from bad to bad ass And, please, share with me in the comments any atrocious emails you’ve come across for a few laughs (but please exclude the domain after the @ in order to protect the guilty parties. Thank you!).