How to Write a Proper E-mail

Everyone is used to quick communication. Send a text and you’ll most likely get a reply in seconds. However, the world still utilizes e-mails. Whether you’re sending one to a professor or your boss, there are appropriate ways to write an e-mail. Here’s some tips.

  • Always Start with a Friendly Greeting. Begin your e-mail with a “good morning”, “good evening”, “hello”, etc. It’s a testament of your manners. Plus, they’ll know you’re serious and polite. 
  • Address the Recipient with the Right Name. Be sure that you spell his or her name right–it shows you actually know or looked them up. Use the right titles such as Ms., Mr., Dr., etc. You should be mindful of how you address whomever you’re sending the e-mail to in order to be respectful.
  • Type in Paragraph Form. Every new idea should be divided into paragraphs (which are 3-5 sentences long). Block messages are unprofessional and convoluted. Writing in paragraphs will show that you’re organized, capable of sorting through your thoughts.
  • Check Your Spelling. In the modern world, accessibility to spell-checking programs (built-in or downloaded) and/or dictionaries is easy. Spelling errors indicate lack of consideration and care. You may not convey what you actually want the recipient to receive. 
  • Get to Your Point. Don’t add unnecessary information into your e-mail. Add what needs to be said. Add important, relevant information in a clear, concise way. 
  • Use Appropriate Language. Don’t use slang in your e-mail. It’s unprofessional and could be perceived as rude. Choose your words wisely.
  • End with Gratitude. Before signing your name for the e-mail, first put a “thank you for your time”, “much appreciated”, “in gratitude”, etc. It’ll show your politeness. Also, they’ll know that you did put consideration into the e-mail.
  • Sign with Your Full Name (exclude middle name if not used often). Don’t sign the e-mail with a shortening of your name. It may confuse the recipient. Nicknames are reserved for people you are close with. Professional e-mails require your actual name. 

Cheap and easy Halloween costumes

On a college students budget, spending tons of money on costumes is not a good idea because you will only wear that costume one night. Which is why Pinterest should become your best friend this time of year! Pinterest has so many ideas! I will share some cheap, cute, and easy ones I found. Hope you find one you like!

Costumes for girls

  • Minnie mouse: a black top, red skirt with white polka dots, minnie mouse ears and a black nose
  • Barton Bellas:  if you are a fan of pitch perfect and you and your friends or roommates need an easy costume this is super easy! All you need is blue matching skirts and cardigans or blazers, white tank top, a floral scarf, and heels.
  • Audrey Hepburn: one of the easiest, a black dress, black gloves, pearl necklace, black sun glasses, a fake long cigarette.
  • Three blind mice: black dress, black ears, black sun glasses, and a cane.
  • Sun drop girl: Sun drop t shirt, jean shorts, red headband, and converse.

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Costumes for guys

  • Lumberjack: flanel, jeans, and a beard.
  • Super hero: pretty much any t shirt of the super hero and jeans.
  • Greaser: jeans, white t shirt, leather jacket, converse, and a comb with hair greased back.
  • Farmer: Cowboy hat, boots, jeans, plaid shirt, belt with large buckle.
  • Mario and Luigi: overalls, either a green or red shirt, and just buy either a Mario and Luigi hat.

Also, if you go to a halloween store, don’t forget to ask for student discounts or look up coupons online!

 

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New England Patriots vs. Chicago Bears

So as we have seen, Patriots have had a decent record 5 wins and 2 losses. Their upcoming game is against the Chicago Bears. This is a hard one to chose between  since I am from Illinois,  Chicago Bears are my hometown and New England Patriots are my favorite NFL team. I just hope the game is a good one.  This season,  the Patriots have had a rough start but as the season goes on, the entire Patriots team has worked hard and have improved their game and have continued to improve themselves as individuals and as a team to make it again into the playoffs and hopefully to the Superbowl this year once again. I believe one of toughest teams to go up against are the Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning has had a good run with being on this team he’s broken records but it would be a nice match up once again to go up against broncos and hopefully beat them :) I can’t wait for what this season of the NFL has to bring to us football fan and I can’t wait

Halloween-Themed Recipes

October is the month of scares (and pumpkins). Here are some Halloween-themed recipes to try out before the month flies by.

Marshmallow Witches 

  • Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup vanilla frosting
    • 36 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 23 large marshmallows
    • (Optional) 1 drop of food coloring (green, red, and yellow)
    • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
    • 12 chocolate wafers
    • 12 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
    • 12 Hershey’s kisses
  • Instructions:
    • For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each marshmallow.
    • For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring. Set aside.
    • For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting.
    • Makes 12 servings.
    • Website: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/marshmallow-witches

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cups of fresh pumpkin seeds
    • 1/4 cup of butter, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 Worcestershire sauce
  • Instructions:
    • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients; transfer to an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
    • Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and dry, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
    • Makes 8 servings.
    • Website: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/kids–favorite-pumpkin-seeds

 

Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes

  • Ingredients:
    • Cupcakes:
      • 1 package/ box of white cake mix
      • 1 cup of water
      • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
      • 3 eggs
      • 1 can of white frosting
    • Sugar Glass:
      • 2 cups of water
      • 1 cup of light corn syrup
      • 3 1/2 cups of white sugar
      • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
    • Edible (fake) Blood:
      • 1/2 cup of light corn syrup
      • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
      • 1/4 cup of water (add more if needed)
      • 15 drops of red food coloring
      • 3 drops of blue food coloring
  • Instructions:
    • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 cupcake tins with paper liners.
    • Blend cake mix, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of vegetable oil, and 3 eggs into a large bowl. Beat with a mixer on low speed for 2 minutes. Divide cake batter between lined cupcake tins.
    • Bake cupcakes in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (18 – 22 minutes). Allow to cool completely. Frost cupcakes.
    • Make the Sugar Glass. Mix 2 cups of water, 1 cup of corn syrup, 1 cup of white sugar, and 1 cup of cream of tartar in a large saucepan; bring it to a boil. Using a candy thermometer, boil the syrup until it reaches 300 degrees (hard ball), stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as water evaporates. When sugar reaches 300 degrees, quickly pour onto a metal baking pan. Cool until completely hardened. Break into “shards” using a meat mallet.
    • Make the edible blood. Mix together 1/2 cup of corn syrup and cornstarch in a large bowl. Slowly stir in the 1/4 cup of water, adding more if necessary, until the corn syrup mixture has thickened to the consistency of blood. Stir in the red and blue food coloring.
    • “Stab” each frosted cupcake with a few shards of broken sugar glass then drizzle on drop of “blood”.
    • Makes 24 servings.
    • Website:http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bloody-Broken-Glass-Cupcakes/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

These are simply a few recipes to try. You can find more online at sites like FoodNetwork.com, TasteofHome.com, allrecipes.com, finecooking.com, and such.

Enjoying A Novel Without Failing College

When I find a really good book, I want to read it every moment of every day until it is finished. (Then, I cry because I finished it so quick.)

As a full time student, athlete, and employee on campus it is incredibly hard to find time to read a book. My problem is, I will convince myself that I can finish this book before my homework is due so, I’ll read it hard and just hope I can get the work done later. Not good. Not good at all.  So, here is a blog for all of those who are like me that want to do well and read at the same time! :)

  • First, bring your book with you everywhere! Every class, meeting, (maybe not social events), everywhere!
  • If you have breaks that are under half an hour and you don’t have a exam then whip that puppy out! It is a perfect time to just get your mind off of things and relax.
  • Read for fifteen, twenty minutes before you go to bed just to empty your mind of stress.
  • If you are someone that needs to get up slowly and take their time to become fully awake then read for five, ten minutes before you actually get out of your bed.
  • For commuters, you can take a nice relaxing scented bubble bath while enjoying your novel.
  • You can take it to the bathroom with you. (If you’re into that kind of thing.)
  • For lunch go to Coal Ben or Krasa on your own and get some nice reading time in.
  • Okay, going back to rule number one. If you know that you need to get your work done, then don’t bring your book with you because it will be to tempting to resist!

P.S.

All readers should get the app Wattpad and that is final!

 

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