I just completed my masters degree. Some of my seniors are constantly advising me to "increase" my touch with the academic community. They say that this increases the chances of getting the admissions. Per se I have no problem with maintaining some contact with the academic community, but what irritates me is the second part of this advice. I am of an opinion that I will or won't get admissions on the basis of my work. If somebody likes my work they will accept me as their student, otherwise they won't. Probably this is my romantic idea about the doctoral studies as a new student. Is it really necessary to constantly attend conferences, mail the professors, be in someones good books to conduct a good doctoral study?