So, I happen to fall into the bracket that is eligible for migration. I am not a freshman, but since I applied to graduate for my master's degree back in June, even though I am not yet done with my PhD degree, technically, I am an alumnus of this university. So I applied for migration, which now allows me to use my professional email address forever. I don't have to worry that I only have six months to use my email address once I terminate my academic connections with this institution. So, even if I graduate and leave Buffalo, I can still use this address, which is very neat. That means that the email address that I have on the publications that I have released while affiliated with this institution can still be received, and all I have to do is set a forwarding scheme to the current email address that I have. No worries.
So for the past few days, I have been learning the ins and outs of GoogleMail. It's very neat: it allows me to put mountain pictures in my Inbox. It also keeps track of the emails as conversations. I definitely like that. That avoids the need to go back and forth the SentMail and Inbox folders to see how the conversation proceeded. Why did I not shift from Yahoo! Mail to GoogleMail before? Perhaps, because I can still see how Yahoo! Mail was useful to me. Besides, that is the email address that my friends know. Anyway, if there is a need to make a rather more professional email address than the one I have in Yahoo! then I will make one, not in Yahoo! But in Google this time.