Ok so here's how it works:
Step 1: Find a legit networking event.
Step 2: Convince your school to pay the attendance fee.
Step 3: Enjoy free beer & wine for about 3 hours. (Would have been 4 if I was not fashionably late as usual)
Purse vodka was not even needed in this instance.
Bonus: free gift bag for Theresa, my co-attendee.
Another bonus: we met some really fun people! Our favorite? A woman from Dallas who happened to only be there to watch her friend speak. She said we had the "right idea" sitting, rather than awkwardly standing around, as she joined us at (what we had turned into) our pub table. Of course we would get along best with the Texan, since it just so happens that we both have besties there. (Shout out, Brookie Cookie!)