Networking By The Numbers

by Jaime Rowe

As we get older, the landscape in which we make friends changes. When you started elementary school, you became best friends with the kid on the playground that had the same backpack as you. As you entered high school you were closest to the person that you were on the field with every Friday night. College took you from the field to the student unions, commons, dorms and let’s face it- endless social media. However, as we age the opportunity to find peers and make meaningful connections can be more challenging. Relocating, spending more time at a job, having to do your own grocery shopping, ADULTING… all impact our ability and time to make friends.

Recently, the University of Kansas found that it takes “about 50 hours of socializing to go from acquaintance to a casual friend, an additional 40 hours to become a ‘real’ friend, and a total of 200 hours to become a close friend”. Add that to the 40+ hours a week many YP’s are putting into their careers and the phrase, “who has the time?” comes to mind. Why not let Madison Magnet be your new friendship landscape? As of 9/13, we have already had 36 Magnet events this year. If you attended most and talked with the same person at each; you would be well on your way to at a minimum being in the “casual friend zone” by the end of the year. It isn’t just the number of events offered, but the vast array that sets Magnet apart. Magnet’s Social Gatherings can be your new playground, Professional Development: your field, and Community Involvement: your new student union. Maybe you won’t have that “matching backpack magic” ever again; but a Magnet Happy Hour will come close.