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A Note from MaryEllen Cook-Renwick

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Few experiences can generate the combination of excitement, anxiety, fun and dread as a high school reunion. No matter what we've accomplished since graduation, the prospect of reuniting with old high school classmates can instantly transport us back in time!
Here are a few reunion etiquette tips to help you take on the reunion as the mature, wise adult you are today.


50th Reunion Etiquette Tips

R - REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE TODAY.

Maintain a firm foothold in your life today and resist falling back into your perceived social standing, whether you were a shy wallflower or an outgoing social butterfly.

E - EVERYONE FEELS OUT OF THEIR COMFORT ZONE.

Mingle with others, even those classmates you never talked to back in the day. Pretend you are meeting people you've never met before - everyone has changed since your high school days,

even you.

U - UNDERSTAND IT'S BASIC CONSIDERATION TO GIVE YOUR OLD CLASSMATES A BREAK.

You never know who has become successful in their professional and/or personal lives, whether they were a class genius or nerd, or in your social circle or not. Take the time to build new and improved relationships. Nerves will be involved. Don't panic by worrying about a few extra pounds or fewer hairs on your head. After all, these are the best years of your life, 

don't sweat the small stuff.

 

N - NONE OF US ARE PERFECT.

It has been 50 years since our graduation. You never know what has gone on in other's lives over the past several years. As you see your face in the mirror or on your computer every day, you might not have seen many of your classmates. While you may feel shocked at how a few of your peers have changed, practice patience and kindness when seeing significant changes in others.

We are not attending the reunion to judge others.

I - IF YOU WERE A BRAGGART OR JERK IN HIGH SCHOOL,

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CARRY IT OVER TO NOW.

"I" is not a letter in the word me. Don't make everything about you. In other words, don't brag too much about your personal or professional successes. There may be other people attending the weekend events that haven't had it as nice as you.

Be kind! Ask probing questions of others.

O - ONLY GO TO YOUR REUNION WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK AND FEEL GREAT ABOUT YOURSELF.

You'll give yourself an extra boost of confidence by dressing comfortably and feeling your best. There's no need to completely reinvent yourself to impress people you haven't seen since high school and will likely not see again until the next reunion. Most generally don't care  what you're wearing, if you've gained/lost weight, lost hair, or if your hair has greyed, or if you have a lot more wrinkles

People are there to see you.

N - NEVER FORGET TO TELL PEOPLE HOW YOU CARE ABOUT THEM.

I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH!

Unfortunately we have a number of classmates that might not be able to attend again due to illness, or have passed away. You never know if/when everyone will be together again over the coming years.

Life happens and you might not get the chance to tell them later.

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