It’s been a long time since you’ve seen some of your former classmates and friends. High school reunions don’t happen often and you should make the most out of it to get to reminisce with your former classmates and find out how they’ve been doing since graduation. You may find that the things you learn during the reunion may be very different from you remember of your time in high school.
Yes, it may be the same people in the same environment but times have changed and people have matured. Most of them are probably working and have started their own families. However, just like any important occasion or event, the etiquette of high school reunions should be adhered to, so that you and everyone else can have an enjoyable time. Read on for some guidelines.
Be Respectful of Everyone
Regardless of who you are speaking to, it’s always important to be respectful and polite to everyone. This means not bringing up someone’s embarrassing stories or past failures in front of others, or sharing things about high school that may not age well. Being respectful also means respecting others’ privacy and giving them their own space and time to interact with others.
Being respectful also means that you attend the reunion with the best intentions and let bygones be bygones. Do not obsess over bad memories or go to the reunion looking to get even with former adversaries. Just like yours, everyone’s lives would have grown and developed differently throughout the years since high school. Thus, instead of holding on to the hurt from the past, it is best to focus on the present and move on. By being respectful, you are not only helping yourself grow, you’re helping everyone have an enjoyable time.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Regardless of the situation, high school reunions included, you should always limit your alcohol consumption. We all know the effects of excessive alcohol. You don’t want to wind up doing or saying something you’ll regret later and others will remember in reunions to come. Limiting your alcohol consumption ensures that you are still aware of your surroundings, words, and actions.
High school reunions are rare and you should strive to make them count. Depending on the formality of the occasion, you should dress appropriately. You don’t want to come to a high school reunion looking like you’re supposed to be on a beach in the Bahamas, especially if everyone else is dressed in smart casual attire. This will make you look out of place and ill-suited for the occasion.
Likewise, if you are wearing a designer dress or a bespoke suit, you do not need to make a big deal out of it. As long as your attire is clean, neat, and appropriate for the reunion, then you are good to go. Having said that, do take into account any theme the reunion might be going with. Dressing well also shows that you take the reunion seriously and your attire, depending on how well or poorly you dress, may also leave an impression on others.
Mix and Mingle with Others
While it may be tempting for you to stick with the same clique you had in high school, this reunion is also an opportunity for you to get to know new faces and make new friends. If you always wanted to talk to that pretty girl in class or show appreciation to the class whiz for helping you out, then why not do it during the reunion? Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and mingle with others. You may discover that you have similar interests and hobbies with someone else and end up making a new friend or business partner after the reunion. While reconnecting with your old friends and classmates is important, you should not let this deter you from getting to know others.