Your email id or name influences how Admissions' Officers' first impression of you. What your friends find funny, your Admission Officer may not. Let me share with you broad guidelines of what is NOT funny or cute or smart: Sexual connotations are not funny; an id that puts down women is not funny; an id that implies you hate certain groups is not funny; an id that encourages terrorism is not funny; an id that says, "I am a jerk," is not funny. You have to make a good impression from the start. No matter what your views may be on different subject or groups, understand the difference between a professional profile and a personal profile. What is appropriate for your personal page on FaceBook may not be right for your professional profile or advancement. Be professional when you apply to a US university. Admissions Officers at US universities and many universities around the world have high standards and so should you as an international student!
Dr. Gupta is CEO of USAsiaEdu and fmeaWorld, a service to assist international students applying to US universities.