Etiquette Tips for College Students Series / Tip # 1 RSVP

Hi Lovelies,

One of the best aspects of college is you meet a variety of people: fellow students, mentors, faculty, professionals, politicians. The list can go on and on, particularly at this time of year when you’re visiting the homes of friends, attending mixers, or going to interviews for summer work. While we might not be Emily Post, we can all still practice minor etiquette which is why  I will be providing small tips in the following areas:

  • Job search – resume, internships, job search correspondence, interviewing, networking
  • Dining
  • Gift giving/receiving
  • Social & professional correspondence
  • Condolences
  • Telephone etiquette
  • Netiquette
  • Introductions
  • Conversation

In fact, I have the first tip right here:

When you receive an invitation asking you to respond, or to “RSVP,” you should respond as soon as possible, letting the host or hostess  know if you will be able to attend the event. “RSVP” is an abbreviation of the French phrase “Respondez s’il vous plait,” which translates to “Please respond.”
Whether or not you are able to attend, you are expected to respond. In the instance you are not able to attend, the expression “regrets only”is reserved for such situations.

If you are requested to respond by a particular date, you should surely respond by that date, but it is always helpful to the host to receive your response as soon as you know whether or not you are able to come.  If you have indicated that you will attend, and at a later date discover you are unable to make it, you should let the host know immediately that your plans have changed. Not showing up without notifying the host in advance is considered extremely rude and is excusable only in cases of emergency.  Likewise, showing up to an event where a response has been requested without indicating that you will be coming is also not acceptable.


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