Attend a 20 Year High School Reunion

Annette White at the pre 20 year high school reunion partyAnnette White table at the 20 year high school reunionAnnette White at her 20 year high school reunionI was hesitant to attend my 20 year high school reunion, after all the last high school reunion I went to featured the well-known cliques in every corner; popular, farmers, stoners & book worms. Unfortunately, I was always just the shy girl who everyone thought was “quiet, but nice” so my clique was absent. Feeling awkward and insecure (just like high school) I ate my dinner, chatted with a handful of people and went home.

For this 20 year high school reunion I thought if I could get a good group of core friends to go, what could be the harm. If nothing else, it would be a great opportunity to get dressed up, eat a fine meal and hang out with the people who I still kept in touch with.

We ended up with a group of about 8 core friends to attend the 20 year high school reunion, I felt safe with that. At least one of them should be easy to locate in a crowded room if I needed a friendly face.

The best thing my class did was organize a pre-reunion get together at a local bar. It was a great opportunity to be reacquainted with people on a smaller scale. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook there were about 40 of the 250 classmates that showed up to the day before party. Fun!

The night of the big event was a bit overwhelming, yet fantastic. I was so surprised when it was time to leave and there were still  people that I hadn’t been able to catch up with. The best part is that with the combination of the reunion and Facebook, it has opened up endless friendship and event opportunities.

Tips for attending your 20 year high school reunion:
1. Realize that your not the only one who is nervous. Just about everyone I spoke to had some sort of anxiety associated with attending the reunion.
2. Reconnect with old friends prior to the reunion. A great way to do this is to contact them to see if they will be in attendance.
3. Select your outfit in advance so you do not to add to the stress on the day of.
4. Skim the yearbook prior to arrival to help remembering your classmates faces.
4. Let it go! Attend the reunion with an open mind, don’t  hang on to old grudges.

Have you been to a 20 year high school reunion? Or any class reunion?


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  4. Kerry July 8, 2014 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I haven’t yet reached my twenty-year reunion mark, but almost. I was a lot like you, from the sounds of it. I was quiet and shy and was on the outskirts of any group. I was always thought to be “nice” by my classmates, but not much more than that. It was only the other night that I had the opportunity to attend a reunion of sorts, in the form of an old friend’s wedding reception. Here is my post about it:
    Facebook is exactly how I’ve gotten and kept in touch with many of these people. It’s nice to keep that connection to the person you used to be as time moves forward constantly.

    • Annette White July 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Let me start by saying that you are a talented writer. I was completely drawn in by your “Sherry Baby” story. Facebook has been a fabulous way to stay connected with classmates. What has surprised me the most is that I typically communicate more now with the ones that I never spoke to in high school!

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