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Class Reunion

Preparing for your high school reunion

It's always interesting to hear the wildly varying ways in which people describe how they remember their high school experience: for some, it was the best time in their lives; for others, the incomparable worst. The fact that some students were athletes basking in their glory days while others were awkward, insecure and picked on is undoubtedly at the root of the extreme differences in perspective, but a high school class reunion often feels like a momentous occasion because it is the opportunity not only to remember who you were then, but to see who others, and to show who you, are now.

Personal Class Reunion Planning

Regardless of where you fit in the spectrum of remembering high school as a heyday or as horrifying, you may be surprised at how much you're affected by the prospect of attending your high school reunion. Many people find it nerve-wracking; from the moment they get their invitations to their upcoming class reunion, ideas about how the day or evening will progress start swirling in their heads. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself so that you are sure to have an enjoyable time.

First of all, make the effort to do some things that make you feel confident and good about yourself. Buy some new clothes for the reunion, get a haircut, go and have a spa treatment.

That's not to say you should go overboard; some people go on crazy crash-diets like an out-of-control bride-to-be before their reunion. If you do that, the biggest effect it will have on you is that it will make you place unfair expectations on yourself and significantly increase the odds that you will attend your class reunion completely stressed out.

Also, take the time to reflect on your life and your accomplishments -- your career, your kids, your home, and really realize that, for better or worse, you're not that teenager anymore.

Finally, remember that most everyone at the reunion is feeling that same sense of self-consciousness that you are, and that if you can focus not on yourself but on making the people you speak with feel at ease, you will inevitably begin to feel at ease yourself.

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