Philip Guo (Phil Guo, Philip J. Guo, Philip Jia Guo, pgbovine)

Read This Before Cold-Emailing Me

I have one simple request for cold emails*:

If you want me to respond to your cold email, make sure I can read AND respond to it within one minute.

Otherwise I probably won't respond. It's nothing personal; I just don't have time to respond to every email.

There are only three exceptions to this policy:

  • I know someone who knows you.
  • You are from a professional organization that I belong to.
  • You are affiliated with UCSD (see next section).

If you want to send me a longer email, the best strategy is to first send me a super-short email to see if I want to request more info.


If you are a UCSD student:

  • Do not email me about course registration or scheduling logistics. Talk to Thanh Maxwell or Katy Schoeneweis (undergrad advisors), or Oura Neak (grad advisor). However:
    • If a course is overbooked and you are trying to get in, our policy is that we must prioritize students who fulfill all of the prerequisites and are on the waitlist. In those cases, I encourage you to look into other courses to enroll in.
  • Do not email me about course grades unless there is an error. Each course's syllabus will have grading policies listed on it.
  • If you'd like to chat, come to my office hours; no need to email!
  • Read my student guide for more details.

*This policy applies only to cold emails; if I contacted you first or personally know you, then your email to me is no longer “cold.”