Building Relationships and Making Connections
Why is networking in college so important?
Students who build relationships and actively participate in networking in college have more success when they apply to graduate schools for many reasons including: professors making a call to another professor or admission department on your behalf, to writing you a glowing letter of recommendation. Students can build valuable relationships with many different people, including advisors, professors, staff, graduate students, and fellow students. When networking in college, students should inform these people of their plans to obtain a graduate degree. Students should ask these people about their experiences in graduate school and about how to negotiate tedious academic processes. Students should keep these people involved in their research projects and academic interests.
Networking in college with professors is especially important. Professors are an especially valuable resource when it comes to negotiating the processes of graduate school. Professors can help students find good programs and improve their personal statements. Professors could eventually be a vital resource for letters of recommendation and opportunities for internships or research positions. Additionally, professors can help students find open assistantships that fit students’ needs.
Networking in college goes beyond talking to professors; students can make connections by creating a presence at public events. Students can create this presence by going to graduate school fairs, lectures, book signings, and other public events in their departments or fields of study. In addition, students should go to conferences related to their fields of interest and should start discussions about important topics in their academic communities.
Finally, it never hurts to stay in touch with fellow students; naturally they will be in the same field as you and may prove to be invaluable resources when you are looking for a job in the future!