How New Graduates Feel At Networking Events

Let the derp-fest begin!

1. You wake up early. Need to look professional.

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2. Wear a suit. Likely your only suit.

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Lookin’ sharp, though!

3. You move slowly. Don’t want to ruin the suit.

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4. At the event, you hang out by the door for a bit.

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You know, scope out the situ.

5. Nervously look around. Why is everyone so comfortable and talkative?

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6. How are you going to separate yourself from everyone else?

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7. So you stand around and smile at everyone for a while.

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“How’re you?” “Good, you?” “Good as well, you?” *awkward silence*

8. You feel like an awkward giant.

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Or like an underwhelming duckling. Whichever applies.

9. You’re jumpy as hell.

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You nearly screamed when the waiter asked if you wanted a refill.

10. You’re so afraid of your clumsy self unveiling himself.

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11. If you try to shake someone’s hand, you might do something stupid.

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Like fall. For no reason.

12. You head to the refreshments area.

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13. You’ll network with this food.

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14. You run into a colleague, but he’s so busy networking, he ignores you.

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“Okay, then. See you later.”

15. You try to approach someone who looks important.

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“Hey.”

16. You freak out when someone tries to talk to you.

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OMGOMGOMG

17. If you’re with someone else, they’re hogging all the limelight.

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Shut up and let me talk!

18. Going to go hang out in the corner for a while? Sounds like a plan.

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