Responsible communicators: A new disposition
This time of year, many students (especially seniors) are seeking career opportunities — internships for the summer and/or first jobs after graduation. With the stress of seeking financial stability (or at least enough to put us through the next semester and pay for necessities), the weeks of waiting in between applications can be stressful. And sometimes, those weeks become endless.
In our age of quick and easy communication, one would think that businesses would be eager to respond to applicants — and kindly reject those who are passed over for a position. However, many students wait for weeks, and sometimes there is no response at all. Even after company managers originally sounded excited about a student’s application — leading students to believe they had a good chance — the result sometimes is an unresponsive dead end.
(Disclaimer: this is not the case for all companies. Many are respectful of a student’s situation and respond in a timely manner. Also, as students, we need to understand that our applications are not the only part of their jobs.)
Yet, students are not exempt to this issue either. As group projects are a popular part of the Loras curriculum, students are given opportunities to collaborate with others. However, group projects can become quite frustrating when there is a lack of communication. Similarly, within organizations and jobs on campus, many people run into the issue of ignored emails. And it only seems to get worse and worse.
Overall, there seems to be a trend that easier communication leads to easier ways of ignoring others.
So, what do we need to do?
As a campus and specifically as a student population, we need to be respectful of the time of others and respond to e-mails in an appropriate manner. Checking your e-mail more than once a day is a great way to start. Also, if you receive an e-mail in the morning that requires a response, respect the person e-mailing you and respond by the end of the day. Waiting to the last minute (or past the last minute) brings frustration.
If we as college students expect future employers to respect our time and position by returning our e-mails and communicating to us through the application process, we should return the favor when communicating to classmates, professors, organization leaders and employers. Ignoring e-mails, phone calls or texts are not ways to avoid responsibility. In fact, once you get a job, this will not be acceptable.
If we are to be responsible contributors, we need to be responsible communicators. Let’s start this semester strong by being more respectful of one another by communicating well and in a timely fashion.
— The Lorian editorial staff
Due to technological difficulties, articles from the Feb. 15 issue were posted late. The Lorian apologizes for the late update.