E-mail Etiquette

An illustration of an envelope open with an emerging @ symbol coming out from inside the envelope.

Before Tinder, Yik Yak, Facebook, and before people were deciding on what phone to purchase according to what social medias it had access to, there was E-mail. It’s quick, convenient and lets you stay in touch with people you rarely see or call. It can be someone’s first impression of you, or it can be a communication tool that helps you more forward in achieving your professional goals.

But, e-mails can also a very tricky social outlet. When we are having conversations with people face to face, we can read their unspoken messages: facial expressions, body language, vocal tone and enthusiasm in their words. With e-mail, all we have are words. Many times I have sent an e-mail that I think is clever, funny and almost legendary. When I go back and read it later, (usually because I have not received a reply) I find that I really came off as quite the jerk. Truth is, word choice can make or break an e-mail.

The American Dream

the american dream

In the United States people are often categorized by what is known as Social Class. Social Class is often thought as a large group of people, with similar economic, cultural and political status.  The classes range from Upper High Class to Very Low Class.  There is mobility within this system.  You can be born rich and end up destitute, and visa- versa.  Some believe that within this system there is boundless opportunity.  The boundless opportunities within these classes are often associated with the American Dream.

But, is this dream just a dream?  Are the same opportunities available to everyone?  Can a person born into a low income family really compete with someone born into a high income family?