If you ask a student, a faculty or a staff in King’s Academy to list the things that overwhelm them on campus, “emails” would definitely be part of the list. Members of the King’s Academy community receive tons of emails every day, maybe every hour. They read some of these emails, ignore some of them, and delete others immediately. When a person asks about a specific email, King’s Academy students sometimes acknowledge it, but most of the time, they just have no idea about what the person is talking about.
Not only that, but also because the students receive an overwhelming amount of emails, they usually get lost, and as a result, they miss important emails, such as emails that have assigned homework, times for meetings, or even information from the “dream” college.
Others, on the contrary, take advantage of these emails received every day; they would use them to make excuses when missing a homework assignment, saying “I did not see your email!” The sender would say nothing to them, knowing the big amount of emails everyone receives at King’s.
What if emails become similar to the WhatsApp, where the sender can see – by checking two small tick marks on the email – whether the person who received the email saw the message or not. Would that change the attitude of the people using an email on campus?
When asked this question, many people stood silently, contemplating the question. “If someone can know whether I read his or her email, the process of communicating would be taken too personal,” answered Lara Arab ’18. “This is because if I receive a specific email from someone, and I do not reply because I am on a hurry or I am busy, the person who has sent the email would not know that; he or she would simply think that I ignored them.”
Some students think that even though the sender can see whether they saw the email or not, they can still get away with it as they usually do in WhatsApp. “I would not click on every email I receive.” says Meran Mansrah ’18. “I would just ignore the emails I receive from specific people and only click on the emails that come from my teachers.” she elaborates.
In respond to that, Ms. Ola, who is the director of operations at King’s, “That would be a very great responsibility, especially if your job is essentially based on the emails you receive. She, then, elaborates on her idea using the OSL as an example. She believes that if the OSL does not open every single email that students, faculty and staff send, then it is going to be a disaster; some students will not ensure that there is transportation for their TOEFL exams, and parents would not reach the school, etc.
Nevertheless, the idea of making the email tells us whether the emails we send are read or not might be advantageous for teachers. “I would know whether my students read my emails or not, so when they make excuses, I have an evidence!” says Ms. Rachel, who is a chemistry teacher at King’s. “If I can know who are the students that read my emails and who do not read my email, it would be very easy for me to do my tasks; I would simply try to reach the students who do not read the email only and inform them of the information I send, saving time and effort.” she continues.
Personally, I believe that if there is an option on emails that allows us to automatically see whether the sent emails are seen or not, I would be more organized and responsible; I would not leave my email until I reply to all the important emails. Not only that, but also I would not miss important I receive, specially that I am a senior, and I might receive emails from important institutions and colleges.