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Reasons You Don't Have To Attend Your High School Reunion

Monday, June 5, 2017

If you are part of a high school class of 2007, I have some wild news for you: it's been a decade since you graduated. (Yes, I'm serious. Count it out on your fingers if you don't believe me.) Know what that means? You should be getting your invitation -- let's be real here, it's more like your Facebook event notification -- to your 10 year high school reunion any day now, if you haven't already. If you wanna go to yours, that's awesome, have fun! If you really don't want to be put into a forced social situation involving those who knew you back when you had braces and wore polos every day (was that just me?), please, read on.

I am one of those people who graduated ten years ago this month. And one of my very best friends happened to be our student body president, which means she is responsible for planning our reunion. Back in the glory days high school, our group of friends was more the Overachievers Club than the School Pride Club. Although those four years were absolutely fine, most of us couldn't wait to get out of our small town. Therefore, if you have since moved away from your hometown too, or perhaps you stayed but just don't care to see the same ol' faces, I get it. I really do. I am on your side in the not wanting to go thing (and fortunately for me, I guess my classmates also agreed, because mine actually ended up getting canceled!). If you are feeling some guilt about wanting to ditch, though, see below for four valid reasons why you don't have to attend your high school reunion.
1. The invention of Facebook occurred.
I feel like reunions were created in generations past for the purpose of checking up on how the Class of '79 Hottie was doing in the real world. Well, now all you have to do is type in their name on the Internet and you can see their arrest record in a matter of seconds. No awkward small talk after not seeing each other for 3,650+ days required.

2. Don't people just get sloppy drunk at these things...?
See reason above. I don't know why you would want to, but if you happened to want to see people you used to sit next to in geometry wasted, all you have to do is look at their tagged photos from the weekend. Save yourself the agony of having to pretend like you are interested in seeing 437 photos of their kids.

3. If you wanted to stay in touch, you would have.
This may seem negative, but I'm just being truthful. Especially with how easy it is to communicate these days! Texting, Facebook, SnapChat, etc, etc, etc. They all continue to make it super simple to reconnect and/or send a quick "Sup?" to those you want to actually know 'sup.

4. Traveling is expensive.
And PTO isn't easy to come by. Be honest with yourself: do you really want to spend a few hundred dollars to fly back home for a long weekend and have to take valuable time off of work? Naaah. Save it for a vacation you actually want to take.

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Have you attended or will you be attending your high school reunion? If so, I would love to know what you thought about it! If you are not attending, like me, did any of these reasons resonate with why you decided to forgo your own reunion?

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  1. I didn't go to mind because frankly I could care less about what these people are doing. lol. Plus they people I do care about, I already know what they're up to. That's so true about Facebook though...I graduated in 04' haha so social media was pretty much non-existent.

  2. You're spot on with the facebook thing. I've never attended a reunion mostly because I don't care but also because I feel like the only thing people want to know about is how successful or how great your life is. Why do I care what people think of me that I never talk to?

  3. Haha! I'm the same age & atleast your healthy or honest enough to know. We were the first generation to grow up with networking computers (livejournal,xanga,aim,myspace) the social interactions we've had has been more than generations prior. Its the town we grew up in - taking the trip back to do the exact same thing over again. .I've met up with my friends prior and its all I cared for. But really thanks Facebook

  4. My ten year already passed a while back but I found that I connected better with college friends than during high school. I try to visit key friends when I'm in town for some reason or another. Plus, I'd rather spend the money on visiting a new city or country ;)

  5. haha yes to all of this! I didn't go to mine for all the reasons you mentioned here. I'm not even facebook friends with about 95% of the people I went to high school with.

  6. Haha that's so true and funny! I totally agree with the Facebook reason.


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