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Which Email Address to Use on College Correspondence?

Question: Which email address should I use on my college applications? I will soon be applying to colleges and I have two separate email addresses. One begins with, "successful2B." I feel that this email address describes my character. Or, I have another and it is just a standard email with my name in it. Should I use that one because it is more professional? Are colleges looking for a professional email or an email that describes my drive to be successful? Thanks for your help!

This is a good question. Typically, I suggest that students use professional email addresses (e.g., ajones@hotmail.com). But those that reveal a bit about them in a tasteful way can be eye-catching and harmless ... or occasionally even beneficial. For instance, admission folks might get a chuckle out of the student named "April" whose clever email address is Cruelestmonth@gmail.com (a reference to a line in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land) or the "Walker" I once knew who chose "ineverun" as his addy (get it ... walker ... I never run ... ha ha! :) ).

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