How to Prepare for a High School Reunion
A high school reunion, or class reunion, is when classmates get together in the years after graduation at or near their school. This organized event gives former classmates a chance to reminisce about the good old days of high school and learn about what everyone has been up to since graduation. Often, high school reunions are held every five years.
In the age of social media, some people wonder whether high school reunions are even necessary, or if they will become a thing of the past. After all, we often have a vague awareness of people’s lives based on their Facebook photos and status updates. The truth is, however, that not everybody has social media or even uses it frequently. Additionally, time and again, we find that people using social media often filter their posts. In other words, you only see what they want you to see.
So, the first question to ask when you get that high school reunion invitation isn’t how to prepare, but should you even go? People who may have been less popular in high school or felt that they didn’t fit in may dread the idea of a reunion. Others may feel that they aren’t as successful as they’d hoped to be by this stage of their lives, and feel embarrassed to go. Going to your high school reunion could be therapeutic and a lot of fun. Maybe you’ll see the popular kids now living normal lives. If you’re worried about a recent divorce or how your hair is going gray, remember that other people from your class have gone through these changes too. It may make you feel more comfortable with yourself. High school reunions can help you come to terms with aging and give you a chance to reconnect with people who have hopefully matured in the years that passed.
Once you’ve decided to go, how do you prepare for your high school reunion? High school reunions are certain to bring up conflicting emotions. These tips will help you navigate the event with confidence.
Find out who else is going.
This doesn’t mean that you should ask for a complete guest list. Instead, reach out to a few people who you would look forward to seeing at the event. It shouldn’t be too hard to find them on social media. You’ll likely feel more at ease knowing there will be at least a few friendly faces waiting for you.
Don’t make assumptions about people.
People change, especially between high school and adulthood. Don’t assume that everyone you met in high school will be exactly the same. Even people who you used to hate for their bullying tactics may have grown up and surprise you by offering a heartfelt apology.
Don’t panic if you don’t know who someone is.
Probably at least once during the night, you’ll face a situation where you can’t remember who the person is who is talking to you. Maybe they remember your name and everything about you, but you’re just drawing a blank. Instead of trying to hide the fact, just say, “I’m so sorry, but I’m blanking at your name. Can you remind me?” They’ll likely find themselves in the same situation at another point in the evening, so they will be sure to understand.
You may be tempted to embellish upon what you’ve been up to since high school graduation. Resist that urge! Keep it real. At the same time, before your reunion, you may benefit from creating a list of things in your life that you are truly grateful for. This will allow you to keep conversations positive when people ask you about yourself.
Remember who you are now.
Just because you may be going back to the scene of the crime doesn’t mean that you have to return to your former high school role. Keep things in perspective by remembering who you are right now.
Decide whether your spouse or partner should attend.
While it may seem a good idea to bring a partner as backup to the event, he may find himself bored and alone while you’re catching up with old friends. Give serious thought as to whether your spouse should go with you to your high school reunion.
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