I am very much not a social person. I don't really like people that much, see? However, I'm trying to be more sociable, especially for academic stchuff.
So I did go to the big Gruub Studies-related umbrella group gathering tonight. Yes, I did mainly mingle with folks I already knew, but I did get introduced to a couple of new people. I even stayed slightly beyond the standard mandatory 'enough time to eat, listen to the introduction and remarks + 5 minutes."
Important people saw me there, which is probably good. I got free-to-me snacks, which is definitely good. All in all, not a bad deal.
Also, a decent idea from another gradfolk: Keep a sportcoat in the office so when there is a speaker or other gathering, you can just throw it on and look a little more respectable. Maybe I need to look into this.