How should an undergrad student maintain connections?

I am an incoming freshman at a top 25 school. I had multiple people help me with my college decision over the month of April and now have ended up with a few contacts that could be really useful down the road.

1st connection is a VP at a BB who linked me up with the other two that I am going to mention. My question does not really apply to this person as he is a family connection.

2nd connection is an executive director at a BB. This person went to a school that I decided against going to but strongly considered. Loved talking to this person. Incredibly insightful and would love to keep him as a connection. After I was finished talking to this person, they literally said: "hey, there is someone (3rd connection) right next to me who went to (school I eventually enrolled in), would you like to talk to them?"

3rd connection is an analyst at the same BB (and same division) as #2. This person's alma mater is the school I am going to attend. The pitch that this person made for the school was incredible (not that it made me immediately decide where I was going), and is in the position I hope to be in once I graduate.

How do I keep a connection with these people without being "annoying" or appearing "desperate." What could I occasionally email that they would appreciate? Like a "hey hows it going" seems incredibly cliche and lame. Should I email them and ask if they could spare a few minutes to talk about the path they took to get where they are now, since the first time we talked it was strictly about colleges? I have some questions about the clubs/organizations at my university; should I ask connection #3 if they could spare some time to talk to me about that?

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May 25, 2018 - 11:47am

KDBandLeroy:

I am an incoming freshman at a top 25 school. I had multiple people help me with my college decision over the month of April and now have ended up with a few contacts that could be really useful down the road.

1st connection is a VP at a BB who linked me up with the other two that I am going to mention. My question does not really apply to this person as he is a family connection.

2nd connection is an executive director at a BB. This person went to a school that I decided against going to but strongly considered. Loved talking to this person. Incredibly insightful and would love to keep him as a connection. After I was finished talking to this person, they literally said: "hey, there is someone (3rd connection) right next to me who went to (school I eventually enrolled in), would you like to talk to them?"

3rd connection is an analyst at the same BB (and same division) as #2. This person's alma mater is the school I am going to attend. The pitch that this person made for the school was incredible (not that it made me immediately decide where I was going), and is in the position I hope to be in once I graduate.

How do I keep a connection with these people without being "annoying" or appearing "desperate." What could I occasionally email that they would appreciate? Like a "hey hows it going" seems incredibly cliche and lame. Should I email them and ask if they could spare a few minutes to talk about the path they took to get where they are now, since the first time we talked it was strictly about colleges? I have some questions about the clubs/organizations at my university; should I ask connection #3 if they could spare some time to talk to me about that?

Add them on LinkedIn. Keep up with them periodically via email or phone.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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May 26, 2018 - 12:50am

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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