It’s been 10 years since you’ve graduated from high school. In the back of your mind, you’ve been anticipating a class reunion invitation in the mail. When that day finally comes, and you open your invite, you might feel a little uncertainty. “Do I really want to reconnect with people from high school?” After thinking it through and browsing old yearbooks, you realize there’s a lot of people you’d love to reconnect with, but you’re not quite sure what to expect.
If you have an idea of what to expect at your next reunion, chances are you’ll feel more at ease and excited. If you’re considering attending your first class reunion, prepare yourself for the big event with these 6 tips:
1. Feeling nervous is completely normal
Do you remember that awkward feeling you had at lunchtime, waiting in the cafeteria, trying to find your group of friends? Chances are, you’ll feel something similar when you attend your first class reunion. Feeling nervous or insecure at your class reunion is normal for a lot of people. To ease pre-reunion anxiety, try connecting with your classmates through social media first. Searching Alumni Class and Facebook are the best sources to find and connect with your old classmates before the big day.
2. Dress accordingly for the event
The size of your graduating class and the event location will likely determine what you will wear to your class reunion. Larger class reunions typically call for a dress code, where smaller events will probably opt for casual attire. Some events are theme-based, requiring the attendees to dress to the theme of the party. Make sure to stay updated with the reunion details by signing into Alumni Class, reaching out via e-mail, or joining your reunion’s social media page.
3. Beware of Peacocks
10 year reunions are ripe with intrigue, wild stories, and at times sordid details! The last decade included the college years, after all. While you no doubt have incredible stories to share, be careful to avoid becoming the reunion peacock! Peacocks have a tendency to strut their stuff, to the point that it can make others uncomfortable. We’ve all seen the type: they pull up to the reunion in a flashy car and hot date in tow. They’re usually the first person in the punch line to boast about their accomplishments. Just remember the old adage, “no one likes a braggart.” Remember, humbleness is always in style!
4. Network, network, network!
Before you scoff at the notion of doing business at your reunion, consider what we have to say! True, your old pals don’t want to be pitched your latest get-rich-quick idea, and the truth is that you’re there to have a party, not to “talk shop.” But reunions are ripe with opportunities to expand your network, both social and professional. Many of your classmates will have just started out in their professional careers, and you never know who might lead you to the next big step in your life. Be sure to ask people what they do, or where they want to end up in their career. It’s a great ice breaker, and you might just find a key opportunity along the way.
5. Always Be Kind
10 years may seem like a long time, but as you know, it goes by in a blink! You’re probably not the same person that you were in high school. The same likely holds true for your old friends and foes. It can be tempting to take digs at people who were mean to you in the past, but remember, they’ve probably changed as much as you have. It doesn’t undo past experiences, of course, but more often than not it’s best to leave the past behind you. Your ten year reunion is a perfect opportunity to bury the hatchet and forge new experiences with your classmates. Make it a point to be kind to everyone you meet!
6. Have an Exit Plan
If you plan on having a drink or two, be sure to bring a designated driver. Not only will they get you home safe, they can be your “wingman” in situations you might want to sneak away from. If you go to the reunion alone, have a plan prepared to call a friend, a cab or a rideshare at the end of the night. Consider downloading a location finder app to let others know where you are.
What happens after the reunion?
It’s not uncommon for class reunions to continue onto the next day, or sometimes, the entire weekend. Since many people travel long distances to attend, they want to make the most of their trip. Following the reunion, some of your fellow classmates might want to keep the party alive by going out for drinks or grabbing a bite to eat. Attending afterparty events are a great opportunity to let loose and get to know everyone a bit better. But remember, have a plan to find a safe way to and from the next party!
Once all is said and done, it’s time to say goodbye to your newly acquainted classmates. A class reunion is a perfect event to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. Before everyone parts ways, make sure to swap contact information so everyone can keep in touch until the next class reunion! The next 10 years will be here sooner than you think. Keep in touch with friends new and old at Alumni Class!