I started my freshman year of college in the Fall of 1992. My best friend from high school and I shared a dorm room together in T-Hall, which has since been bulldozed. T-Hall was a wonderful place to spend freshman year.
I had my own bed, my own desk, and my own computer on my own side of the room. And I had a long distance calling plan that allowed me to make calls home to California to stay in touch with my family, who were two states away from my University. Every day I dutifully checked my own mail box to see if my mom or any of my high school friends had sent me a letter. It was never often enough.
My roommate’s Dad had sent her to college with a computer equipped with this new thing called email. I thought it was strange that she would get on her computer every night after classes and write a letter to her family. And then it was instantly sent to her family’s home in Oregon through the phone wires.
It was a strange new thing, but I was intrigued and very interested in finding out how I could get such a thing as email.
Believe it or not, it was several years later (not until I got married) that I got my own email account. As much as I had always loved communicating through the written word, email and I got along beautifully.
I started emailing my mom daily, and for the first year or so, I printed out every message we sent back and forth to each other and saved our conversations in a binder.
If I printed out all of my emails now, I would go through reams of paper every day.
It’s funny to see how far email and I have come, from the early days in college when email was such a foreign thing….to today, when email is my preferred method of communication. I use email for everything. From checking with my husband about the weekly schedule to reconnecting with old friends and connecting with new ones. Email is social and it’s business. It’s an integral part of my life now. From the heavy computer in my college dorm room to the iPhone I carry in my pocket…..
I’d be lost without my email.
What is your earliest memory of email?
PS – yes, those are actual pictures of me during my freshman year of college. And, yes, my already-curly hair is permed AND I’m wearing a silk shirt. Ahem.
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