A Guide To Social-Climbing In Your College Years

by SARAH KUNST · May 18, 2010

Guestofaguest is here to help. We tell you about the best parties, get you exclusive invites, and send photographers to document every last second of the action. So when an intrepid reader emailed us asking for advice on how to pull a Palermo and scale the ranks of the social world while still in college, we had to come to her aid. -

Hello, I am moving to the city in the next few months for college and I would love for GofG to write an article/guide about how to break into the NY social scene while you are in college and about dating.I will be renting my own place I thought it would be more stylish. I dont know alot of people so where should I start? I have already read about joining a Junior Committee and I plan in joining The Met.Please write this guide\article.

-Social Climbing Collegiate

Well SCC, our first piece of advice would be to leave social climbing to Tinsley and Derek. College is four years to enjoy being immature on your parents tab and while some people don't outgrow that behavior, for most it's a time to revel in the fact that you're NOT in the real world yet.

Alas, if "socialite" status is a must for you, see below for tips. Just don't say we didn't warn you.

Become a dj:

This has become the quickest way to go from "vaguely cute girl in the corner" to "vaguely cute girl with the corner table next to Alexander Wang". It's worked for recent NYU grads Harley Viera Newton and Cassie Coane, and  Samantha Ronson, who even parlayed it into a relationship with professional train wreck Lindsay Lohan. Best of all, the entry barriers are low. If you've got an iPod, some headphones, and can mix songs from the 80's with Lady Gaga's latest clubbanger, you can do it. Now just frequent cool kid spots like the Jane Hotel and The Wooly and befriend pr reps, stylists and designers until someone lets you spin their fashion week after party.

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Be the breakout star of a reality TV show:

It's hard to land your own reality show deal when you're a no one from no where, but getting cast as an assistant or friend is a much simpler job that takes a willingness to outshine and backstab the rest of the cast. It also helps if you don't mind saying and doing things at work that no one in their right mind would even consider - after all, once you're the most popular kid on TV, who needs a job reference? Roxy Olin and Andrew Mukamal have honed this particular skill to an art form so the best way to prepare is riveting The City and Kell On Earth while growing out a signature brunette mane of your own.

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Never stop posing:

Olivia Palermo was just a college student with inflated claims of wealth and a dream when she burst onto the scene in 2007, but three short years later she's the evil villain of a reality show, jewelry designer and girlfriend to a male model. How did she do it? The girl learned that it's not who you know, it's who you pose with. She quickly became adept at sidling up to an attractive group just as the camera was about to flash and so reporters, scenesters and haters soon took note of the little girl with the ubiquitous presence.

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Be famous before you hit campus: If turntables, film crews or cameras scare you then try this super simple but hard to master approach: be a famous actor before you even hit campus. James Franco did this and it's working pretty well. He's been able to write a book, star in a soap opera and sleep in class. However it's already May so if you don't have a summer blockbuster set for release Memorial Day Weekend it might be too late. In that case, change your major to acting and start auditioning for movies now and you'll be famous in time for spring break.

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Oh and pro tip, don't get caught with a fake id. Pretty Wild girls aside, criminal records are so not socialite. If you can't get past the door at the cities best parties and clubs try these places instead.

See also: How To Get Invited To Parties,  A Step-By-Step Guide

And be sure to pick out a new name for yourself with the Socialite Name Chart