High School Reunion Wisdom – Part I


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school reunions can be a great reality check for what we’ve learned and how far we’ve come since we were high school seniors just trying to figure out what to do in the next year, let alone for the rest of our lives. Too bad we didn’t realize then that we might still be wondering today what it is exactly we want to do when we grow up.

Growing older does have its benefits, though. We discover who we really are, learn from our mistakes, and while we don’t have it all figured out, we can at least understand that we don’t understand everything.

High school reunion wisdom is something you recognize as you begin approaching your high school reunion. You probably don’t have it all figured out just yet, but you’ve learned there is wisdom that comes from living your life as an adult, even if you don’t always feel like an adult.

Below are a few of our favorite reunion wisdom quotes. You are welcome to download and distribute these graphics on Facebook, Instagram, e-mail, or any other way you may find useful as you plan or plan to attend your high school reunion.

Check back next week and we’ll share 8 more high school reunion wisdom quotes. And if we’ve missed your favorite piece of reunion wisdom, let us know in the comments section.

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook is a great tool to promote a high school reunion and build excitement about the event.  Classmates who are part of the reunion committee can easily take turns posting on the class reunion Facebook group or page, as well as responding to posts by other classmates. The more active the page, the better.

Posts may be interactive, with open ended questions to involve your classmates, reminders about the reunion, or used as a way to pass along specific information.  Below are posting ideas to keep your classmates engaged before the reunion:

Interactive Posts

  • What song reminds you of our senior year?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?
  • Who was your favorite teacher?
  • Who was your prom date?
  • Tell about a time you almost got busted in high school.
  • How did you spend spring break our senior year?
  • What songs would you like to hear at the reunion?
  • Who did we beat in the homecoming football game our senior year?
  • Who can’t you wait to see at the reunion?
  • What is your favorite memory of high school?
  • You know you were a 1994 (mascot) if _______________.
  • What advice would you give to an incoming freshman at our high school?
  • What advice would you give to a graduating senior?
  • Complete this sentence:  In high school, I wanted to have a career as a _______, now I am a ______.
  • Post the yearbook photos from your senior year.  Encourage classmates to use their senior year photo as their profile picture the week before the reunion.
  • Ask classmates to post a picture of their family.  Create an album for the photos.

Reminder and Information Specific Posts

  • Provide an update on the reunion venue or hotel room block.  Include a link.
  • Share the reunion night menu.
  • Let classmates know to watch their mailbox because their reunion invitation has been mailed.
  • Remind classmates of registration due dates.  Include a link to your online registration.
  • Tag classmates who are considered lost because you don’t have a current mailing address.
  • Post a thank you to the reunion committee, and list everyone who helped with the planning.
  • Share a link of the weather forecast for your town the weekend of the reunion.
  • Post updates about your high school.  Did they beat your biggest school rival in the homecoming football game?  Have students recently received impressive academic recognition?  Was there a dedication for a new music facility?  Post photos and links to stories about the events.

You may have ideas that are specific to your class, maybe a “where were you when…” or “who else failed (teacher’s name) class?”  If you have an idea for a post, do it!  The goal is to reach your classmates, create fun and excitement for the reunion, and reconnect as your celebrate your reunion year.

 

Reunion Planning Wisdom

Why Facebook is Not a High School Reunion

Sure, the popular take on high school reunions these days is that you don’t need to go to your reunion because anything and everything you would ever want to know about your classmates is on Facebook.  It seems every news outlet enjoys announcing the demise of the high school reunion because of our ability to reconnect online.  We know this because we’ve been contacted many times for our opinion as professional high school reunion planners.  So, I’d like to offer our official stance on the issue here:  Facebook does not replace, make obsolete, or ruin your high school reunion.   And here is why:

1)  Facebook life is not real life.  We’re savvy these days when it comes to our online profile.  We know what we post can be seen by friends, potential employers, and our parents.  We’re calculating about what we share and how we share it, and we know how to quickly untag a particularly unflattering photo.   While what we post may be true, it is often the well-edited version we’re willing to share with 350 of our closest Facebook friends.

2)  You can only experience the real “status” of your classmate in person at your reunion.  Technology gives us many ways to connect to each other, but nothing online is as genuine or engaging as a face to face conversation.  You can’t hear the infectious laugh of the classmate who sat behind you in geometry, see an ex-boyfriend’s smiling blue eyes, or hug your former locker partner on Facebook.  After all, a life update is much better than a status update.

3)  Think everyone is on Facebook?  Think again.  Facebook is the largest social network, but for any reunion, there is only about 1/3 of the class represented.  For a class size of 300 students, that’s a whopping 200 classmates you don’t see on Facebook and who you’ll miss out on reconnecting with if you don’t go to your reunion.

4)  Even with the best of intentions, you really don’t get together with those high school Facebook friends.  Life is busy for everyone these days – ever try to schedule a girls’ night with more than a friend or two?  Between work, family, volunteering and life’s responsibilities, there aren’t many opportunities to get-together with a large part of your past, all at once, all in the same place.  And you certainly can’t do it on Facebook.

5) Facebook is just a preview of what’s to come.  Instead of replacing the high school reunion, Facebook actually makes the entire high school reunion experience better.  Facebook fast-forwards your conversation to what is real and important.  When you already know where a classmate recently moved or the names of his three kids, you are able to skip past initial small talk and jump into a conversation worth having.

Still think you aren’t missing the fun of your high school reunion because of Facebook?  How can you be sure?  If you don’t go, you’ll never know.