Subsection 10.1.5 To Send or not to Send
A large portion of the communication that you have with professors will be over email, which means that knowing how to write emails to professors is both useful as a skill in itself and transferrable to talking with professors in-person. Before we dive into some example emails, try considering KNOL[these tips] on email etiquette.
Professors have different preferences and policies on what they consider respectful or acceptable communication, and often, it's easy to be familiar or informal with Puget Sound professors because they are approachable, kind, and often genuinely interested in knowing and talking with their students. Depending on the professor, being addressed informally or having a student ask them for an exception to a rule might not bother them at all; however, they're also professionals, which means that even if they are annoyed, they might not tell you. Nevertheless, if a student does something that they perceive as disrespectful many times, intentionally or otherwise, they may start to associate the student with negative interactions, which isn't good for anyone!