Events and networking events are hard to go to. Not all of us are extroverted and feel comfortable with striking up a conversation with a total stranger. It’s just not us.
However, there are many ways and reasons to go to events.
The first reason,
1) Human beings were made to socialize
Socializing makes us happy. That’s why customer service is such a highly valued part of retail. Happy employees, happy customers. Next time you get your groceries checked out, smile and ask the cashier how they are doing. This is a nice gesture for the employee but also for yourself.
The second reason is more lucrative,
2) You can’t network without meeting new people
Especially for us college students, networking is a fundamental part of getting that dream job (or that entry level job that will get us to our dream job). So practice practice practice. Go to some events that are made up of your existing social group. Or create your own get-together for just your group!
3) Learn something new
Many people go to events (chess club, martial art practice, or MAGIC) to learn something new. Life-long learning is a valuable skill to achieve life-long happiness. Make a bucket list of all the things you wish you knew how to do. Then find other people or groups who do those things. Approach them as a beginner and they will show you the ropes. Who knows, you may find your next best friend.
4) Be able to answer the question, “How was your weekend?” with pride
Some of us love to spend our day offs alone at home. However, why not divide up your weekend in half and do something on Friday/Saturday and then have a lazy afternoon? Being away for a part of the weekend makes the lazy Sunday that much sweeter. Being able to tell your colleagues a little bit about yourself outside of work/school also strengthens your relationship with them. It makes your time with them go by faster because you have something to talk about.
Now for the real reason why we all go to events…
5) Free food!
College events have been increasingly providing food for attendees because that’s what attracts us. Food in the dorms is so expensive and the grocery store is just too far away. Cooking is also a hassle in your small apartment/dorm. Or you may just not have time for it.
Now go get that free food!
Have you logged in lately? There have been many new changes to ArcZap! But here are the major changes and new features:
1) Look and feel
We went with a friendlier interface this time with a softer color scheme and friendlier fonts. The event calendar is easy to navigate and the side menus have been consolidated.
2) Navigation bar
Groups, Events, and Messages now share the side navigation bar with easy access from the top
3) Mobile friendly
Look for events on the go and upload photos right away! We want to make searching for your next party fast and easy.
4) Goodbye to “spam” emails
Emails are no longer sent immediately but instead come in a single daily summary email.
However, you can choose to receive event invites and reminders immediately.
Emailing your group alias will stay normal but comments, updates, and messages will be sent in a summary email once a day.
5) Event Reminders Revamped
Event Reminders are individualized and you can have it text you, email you or both.
6) Event editor
If you own a community or a group, there is now an event editor that can tell you when there are errors in events to be corrected. Tutorials for this will be given to those who curate events.
7) Are you sponsored by a community?
Groups who have a sponsor community, can see the community events amongst your group events. This reduces your need to check both places.
Now… screenshots can only show you so much. So, try out some of these features for yourself!
Sadly, Spring Break has come to an end. But there were some amazing events these past few weeks that deserve to be remembered.
For example, we went to Sakura Con this past weekend. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it is a Northwest Anime Convention in Seattle. We went because our marketing intern was performing for the closing ceremonies and ran a workshop on Chinese martial arts.
Yes, all these girls are holding swords. They were teaching them too! How awesome is that?!
Besides her awesome performance and workshop, we saw many crazy, yet cool things.
Continue reading Do something fun these past few weeks? Create your own celebration board!
(During a group project)
*LOG: Translation here
Me: Have you went over the guidelines for our project yet?
The LOG: …. No …. You were supposed to post it on [insert social media site here] but I never saw it!
Me: I posted it yesterday.
The LOG: I checked yesterday but nothing was there!
Me: Did you scroll down through Aaron’s spamming posts to see if it was there?
Continue reading Where did my post go???