How to Prepare for a High School Reunion
Many people reminisce about high school as a great time when they got to make friends, learn more about themselves, and create lifelong memories. You very well may have kept up with those high school friends after moving into the adult world. But for a large number of people, that just isn’t the case.
A high school reunion provides the opportunity to catch up with people you haven’t thought about in ages, and reminisce about the “good old days.” If you want to make sure your high school reunion is exciting rather than stressful, do these four things in the weeks leading up to the reunion.
Think About What’s Changed
Even if this is your first high school reunion, that means it’ll have been at least a decade since you’ve seen these people, and possibly more. Everyone will have changed, some in more substantial ways than others.
Maybe you were a neat freak in high school but you’ve since changed your tune. Perhaps you only listened to classical music in high school, but your sister-in-law recently got you into heavy metal. Sure, these might be little things. But they’re all great icebreakers, and coming up with a few interesting changes that you can talk about will make everyone feel a little more at ease.
Figure Out What’s Stayed the Same
As much as some things have changed, some things have surely stayed the same. Maybe your neat freak tendencies have led you to join the tiny home movement, or maybe that love for classical music has developed into an uncanny ability to recognize any composer from before the year 1900. If you were put into more of an unflattering mold in high school, you might not want to bring that up. But playfully referencing those old stereotypes can be a fun way to calm the tension.
Have an Answer for All Those Questions
You know the questions that everyone is going to ask when seeing you after 10 years, and that means you should have an answer at the ready. Keep an answer for these questions in your back pocket:
- What’s your relationship status?
- Do you have any kids?
- Where do you work?
- Did you go to college?
- Where do you live now?
- Have you kept in touch with any other high school friends?
Catch Up Before You Meet Up
Trying to come up with good conversation topics in a crowded room with dozens of other people you last saw 10 years ago can be daunting. Instead of waiting until that fateful moment to see any of your old friends, reach out beforehand. You can catch up in the weeks leading up to the reunion, which can bolster both of your spirits when it comes time to mingle. If you don’t know where to start, try a people search site like PeopleFinders.
At PeopleFinders, it’s easy to find contact information for old friends that you want to reach out to. You can perform a public records search using your old friend’s first and last name. (If you can’t remember a last name, it may be time to break out the yearbook.) You can potentially get up-to-date contact information that you can use to send an email or text, or even to write an old-fashioned letter.
For more ideas on how to use PeopleFinders after your reunion is over, you can always check the PeopleFinders blog.
When you approach it with the right mindset, a high school reunion can be an incredibly fun experience. You get to see people you probably haven’t seen in at least 10 years, revisit a place where you undoubtedly made a number of important memories, and maybe even rekindle friendships that you miss from back in the day. Of course, you don’t have to wait for your high school reunion to start rekindling those relationships. Instead of awkwardly mingling among your peers on the day of the reunion, try to get a head start on those friendships by using PeopleFinders.
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