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Recouping my meager alumni donations in beer.

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Jul. 9th, 2011 | 11:42 am
mood: impressedup early for a Saturday
music: Lady Gaga - Americano | Powered by Last.fm

And random buffet dinners.

My alma mater is way too into "alumni networking." Of course, they have a strong motivation to do this because whenever they try to raise $1.5 billion, they end up with $2 billion. And the majority of our alumni think very highly of themselves and want to crow about their accomplishments to anyone that will listen. Anyhow, as a poor just-finished-grad-school alum, I don't have any money to give them but I'm still peppered with invitations to events all the time. Now that I live in DC, many of them are tied to the School of Public Policy (one of my majors, though it was only an "Institute" at the time) so I finally decided to attend something. On Thursday there was a reception for undergraduate and graduate alumni, as well as current students that are here to intern for the summer. Not long after RSVPing I got an email from my old work study boss inviting me to a small dinner after the main event, so kind of a bonus.

The reception was in a House office building (hosted by our Congressman from NC, whom I missed completely because he had to run to vote) and wasn't too painfully awkward. They gave away basketball tickets, I saw an '08 grad that is now in law school and working at a U.S. Attorney's office for the summer, and I saw and talked to Elise, the internship coordinator that got me my internship in New Mexico. I also met a few undergrads that are interning for the summer. They are so adorable, and make me feel so old. Heh.

The dinner was far better. At first a little confusion reigned as I went into the wrong private room, but I got a free beer on someone else's tab out of it. When I found the right party, there was a "southern" buffet spread that was actually decent, and lots of beer and wine. I sat at a table with Tim (old boss), Mary (another staff member), Bob (editor of our monthly university magazine), and Megan (MPP alum from '04). Most of the time was spent talking to Megan about planning as her sister just finished her first year in the master's program at Penn; she now has at least an hour's worth of talking points for family gatherings. We also advised Mary on how to outfit her soon-to-be-purchased house in Durham with rain barrels, randomly. And Tim told us about the marathons he does, as all of us ate fried chicken and silently wondered whether he was insane. :] I don't plan to make regular appearances at such events, but this one was pretty good.

I can't run 26 miles, but I'm going to try for three or four right now before getting lunch with ashfault76.

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Michael

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from: shiftyeyeddogg
date: Jul. 11th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Those things are always so awkward. Glad you managed to have a decent time!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jul. 11th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Me too! In my experience they're really awkward until they're suddenly not. At the reception it was super awkward until I started running into people I hadn't seen in years, and was able to talk to them rather than attempting to strike up conversations with 19 year old kids I've never met.

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