What if I already have a personal Gmail account?

Your Bates provided account is a separate account that does not affect existing Gmail accounts.  You can continue to use your personal Gmail accounts.

The advantage of the Bates account is 25 gigabytes of storage, in an ad-free environment that maintains your Bates identity through your email address.  Behind the scenes, Google delegates control of Bates Google Apps and user accounts to Bates system administrators.  There will be some difference in the look, feel and availability of some of the Google applications.