Fresh off my Rutgers networking event, I decided to dive into Drexel’s networking night at a restaurant close to my house. I knew that one of my Toastmasters peers who happens to be a Drexel alumnus would be there, but beyond that I had no idea what I was in for, and worried a little on the way over. I envisioned a packed bar and awkward conversation. Should I just keep putting hors d’oeuvres in my face if nobody wants to talk to me, and what if I don’t like the food? I have $13 and I need to tip the valet — am I also going to have to tip someone to keep bringing me water? Why did I have to be so punctual??
I needn’t have worried — there were fewer than ten of us, everyone was friendly and relaxed, and my water glass was refilled frequently. Houston is having an unusual cool, dry spell, so we were able to sit on the patio and enjoy the weather. It was worth it just for that — we probably won’t see weather like this again until November!
I didn’t necessarily make the kind of contacts this time that might lead to a dream job, but I am more likely now to show up to other local alumni events!