Let's start with defining networking. Susan Brennan, Executive Director of Career Services at Bentley University, thinks students need to redefine the term. Yes, networking is all about building relationship with like-minded people in the same or similar professional field as you, but you should try to focus on building quality contacts over having a lot of acquaintances. Find the influencers, get to know them, and – most importantly – stay in touch with them.
Start slowly: Upperclassmen before alumni, maybe. And step away from the screen: Network in person.
Brennan also believes it's the responsibility of schools to connect students with professionals.