Networking: Grand Rapids Young Professionals


DeVaney, J. (Artist). (2017). Selfie. [Painting]. Grand Rapids, MI.

Recently I decided to go to a networking event to see what it was like. The name of the organization that the event was through is “Grand Rapids Young Professionals” or GRYP. It was a really nice event at Tavern On The Square in downtown Grand Rapids. They have the best basket of chips and salsa in town btw. It was a simple little event. Drink beer, eat chips, and talk to people that you’ve never met before.

To be honest, I am not really the most extroverted person in the world. So this event really stretched me to go outside of my comfort zone. I met a few really cool people. One lady was an owner of The Great Escape Room in Grand Rapids. A few of the people at this event told me that when college is over it can be really hard to meet people to be friends with. They said that being in the professional world makes this difficult because you aren’t surrounded by new people every four months like you are in college. It makes sense. Overall, the experience was a good one. I highly recommend going to a networking event with this organization.

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