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My professor isn't answering my email, what should I do?

Hi everyone! So, I emailed a professor at the college I'm interested in attending, asking a few questions about their department and research. It's been a week, and I haven't gotten a response. Should I try sending a follow-up email? Is there a better way to reach out to professors?

7 months ago

Hi there! It's totally understandable that you're eager to hear back from the professor, but keep in mind that professors can be very busy, and sometimes emails may slip through the cracks. Before sending a follow-up email, I would recommend giving it another week. Professors often have a lot on their plate, and they might just need some extra time to get back to you.

When you do decide to send a follow-up email, make sure to be polite and understanding of their busy schedule. You can mention that you originally sent an email a couple of weeks prior, reiterate your questions, and express your enthusiasm for their department and research. This approach shows that you're genuinely interested and respectful of their time.

Alternatively, you could try reaching out to a graduate student or an administrative assistant within the department. They might be able to provide you with some information or direct you to the best person to contact.

Additionally, departments might host webinars, Q&A sessions, or other virtual events where professors discuss their research and answer questions. Attending these events would be another great way to connect with faculty members and learn more about their work.

7 months ago

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