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Are high school reunions dead?

by Meghann on January 23, 2012

Lunch time!

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Last night’s leftover bbq tofu made for the perfect filler for my sandwich today. Just throw in some arugula, blue cheese, and press between two pieces of honey oat bread in the George Foreman and an easy tofu panini is served.   

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Served with fresh green beans (for crunch!)

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and two mini pickles

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Enjoyed outside in the sunshine. πŸ™‚

Are high school reunions dead?

I’m of a rare breed – I remember going to my parents’ 10 year high school reunion way back in 1992. I was 7 and it was held at a park. I remember playing with other kids, meeting people I don’t remember, and having my face painted. It was a big family friendly party that was complete with 90s style permed hair, stone washed jeans, and tank tops that had the early 90s Pepsi logo on them.

I even remember my parents’ 20th high school reunion. I was 17 and had to miss it because I was away at cheer camp, but I remember going through the ‘where are they now’ booklet they handed out at the reunion with my mom and comparing the photos from the booklet to the ones in my mom’s twenty year old high school yearbook.

(p.s. have you ever read the messages your parents’ friends left them in their yearbooks? let’s just say it’s a fun way to learn what your parents were really like in high school. πŸ˜‰)

In 1992 – and even in 2002 – high school reunions were a great way to play catch up. My parents’ reunions were both big events. They had whole weekends dedicated to reunion activities that included a formal Friday night adults-only party and a Saturday family-friendly picnic in the park. There was over a 50% turnout for graduates and people really went not knowing much about what everyone else had been up to.

But now? Well, now there’s Facebook.

Derek’s 10 year reunion is coming up this year and mine follows the year after (class of 2003, baby!). When we were at Universal this weekend, his mom asked if there were any plans for a reunion this summer or in the near future. He sort of shrugged and said there wasn’t. A class of 2002 Facebook group had been created, but an actual reunion hadn’t been planned. To the best of his knowledge, the majority of the people sort of played catch up already on the group page (or are already friends via Facebook and have been stalking each other for the last 10 years anyways) and the consensus was they would all meet at a certain bar at a certain time and call that their reunion.

I guess Facebook sort of alleviated the need for reunions (for the most part) because everyone already knows what everyone else is up to without having to all get together in a big group. I’m not sure I 100% agree with this philosophy because, as much as I love stalking old high school friends on Facebook, I’m sure nothing beats getting together for a big party 10 years after graduating and just celebrating that we’ve survived this long in the ‘real world.’

I have no idea what’s going on with my future class reunion (anyone out there who reads this blog know?!), but I hope one actually happens. If anything, it’s just a way to set a date and time for everyone to get together and see each other. It’s an excuse to see my old high school friends that I don’t get to see anymore – no matter how many times I tell them that I miss them via Facebook! πŸ˜‰

Did your class have a 10 year high school reunion? Did you attend? Or will you attend one when the time comes?

  

1 Hillary January 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

My friends and I have talked about this a lot. Not only do we know what everyone else is up to via Facebook, but when we see these random people from HS, we pretend like we DON’T know what everyone is up to. It’s so, so weird. I’d love to attend my reunion; I loved high school and miss my friends (who I don’t get to see nearly as much since I moved away five years ago), so it would be a great way to actually SEE everyone.
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2 Meghan R January 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I went to my 10 year reunion and not many people attended… pretty much only the folks who were still local, and even then it wasn’t many people. We aren’t doing 15 as far as I know (which is this year), and I probably won’t go to 20 if they have one.

3 Krissy @ Shiawase Life January 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Ours is being planned for this summer but I have no desire to go.
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4 Lindsay January 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I’m not sure it’s changed as much as you think it has, I think that people are just less vocal/excited about going to them until the last minute. I didn’t think mine would happen because we never had a 5 year, but some people got together and planned it for our 10 year last year and they got a pretty good turnout. I couldn’t go because I’m not local and it was timed very poorly (2 weekends before Thanksgiving. I don’t get it). I don’t know anyone my age who hasn’t had a high school reunion, so I’m pretty sure it’s common practice.

5 Maureen January 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm

My class held a 10 year reunion, but it was almost $125 a person, so I did not attend. Facebook has helped me keep in touch with the classmates that I want to stay in touch with.
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6 Anne Weber-Falk January 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ours was very expensive too, $85.00 a person for appetizers and door prizes and a cash bar. I did not go and I heard a lot of people drank way too much. I was told I didn’t miss much. I did go to a nice picnic the next day.

7 Kristen January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

There may have been a 10 year high school reunion for my class. I’m not sure. I hadn’t joined Facebook yet and apparently it was planned via Facebook. It is definitely not something I would have made the trip across the country to attend, but if I had been living in the city and it was something fun, I might have gone.

If I was from a small town, I probably would be more likely to attend a reunion though. I had friends from many high schools who graduated in different years- so a high school class reunion isn’t really a representative sample of who I spent high school with…
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8 Vikki January 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I’m from a small town and that is exactly why I wouldn’t go to my reunion. But, I’m probably different than other people, I hated high school.
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9 Krista January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

We had a high school reunion, but honestly? It was kinda lame. The attendance wasn’t very big & it was pretty pricey for average food & hokey decor. If they planned another one, I wouldn’t go.

10 Lauren January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I’m (also) from the class of 2003 and am responsible for planning my reunion next summer. I have no idea if it’s tradition for the class president to plan the reunion but it is in my hometown, so the responsibility falls on me. Most people are pretty excited about it so I’m hoping to keep the cost low and find a weekend that people will be able to head back to our hometown.

I certainly don’t think the tradition is dead. And I’m pretty sure there are just as many people who have no interest in seeing or speaking with their classmates today as there were fifty years ago. Facebook is a good way to stalk people but it is pretty difficult to really know what is going on in their lives.

11 Daphne January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I graduated in 2003! My class had a 5 year reunion and as far as I know we’re going to have a 10 yr reunion too. I was a class officer, so I had a hand in planning it all. It’s fun to get together with people you used to hang out with and see what they’re up to. But I will say, Facebook makes it alot easier/ more informal
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12 Cynthia January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Mine 10 yr reunion was supposed to be last year. There was planning for it on Facebook, but then it all fizzled out and not one took the initiative to finalize details so we didn’t have one.
But I do keep in touch with people through facebook so I’m not really sad we didn’t have one.
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13 Poptartyogini January 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

No reunion for me. By not being on Facebook they didn’t know where to find me. Thank goodness! I see who I want to see and that’s good enough for me
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14 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

My 10 year will be this year (crazy to think about!) and I haven’t heard anything about one yet – but it’s still early, I suppose. I’m undecided if I’ll actually go if there is one.
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15 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I went to a small private school, 96 in my graduating class, and I’m pretty sure NO ONE went to our 5 year reunion. Since we’re such a small group, I already know what’s going on with most of the people in my class via facebook or even just word of mouth. I also see a lot of people around when I go home. I definitely think reunions are dying off.
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16 Kath January 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

My reunion was horrible and no one went.
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17 Anne Weber-Falk January 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I attended part of my ten year. It was okay I guess. Now we will be having our 30 year reunion. Yes you heard me right. At first I was excited to go but now not so much. I haven’t seen most of my classmates for 30 years and I really don’t miss them much. It’s nice to run into people now and then. We might do a little catching up. I went onto FB to do some lurking and from what I’ve seen, a lot of them still think that their best years were when they were in high school. That to me is a bit sad. So I’m okay with skipping this one. Maybe I’ll go to the 50 year reunion. Maybe.

18 Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

we did. it was just a smidge lack luster.
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19 Lindsey January 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Mine is this year, and there was been a Facebook Group created for about a year now and it looks like a reunion event is in the works for this summer and I think there is about a 50/50 chance I will go.
My husband’s was last summer, and it was a smaller camp out type of event, but not the best attended – maybe 50 people the one night out of 350!

20 Emily G. January 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Mine isn’t until 2016, but I don’t plan to go. I started high school with all my friends I grew up, but we ended up moving about an hour away. So the reunion I would WANT to go to isn’t actually the school I graduated from. I guess with that said, would it be acceptable to attend the reunion of the school I went to first – and grew up with the people – even if I didn’t graduate there?

My mom went to her 20 year reunion (homecoming football game is where they met) and she reconnected with some friends she is now very close with.
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21 Leanne @ The Skinny Architect January 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Woo Hoo for Class of 2003! I am guessing we will have a reunion next year, the theory being that the senior class president would be the one to plan it. I will probably go unless I have something else planned.
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22 Shayla @ The Good Life January 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one in this! I’m class of 2000 and was pretty bummed that the class of the millennium didn’t have a reunion??!! I think I would have gone if there was one planned…lately I’ve been hearing through Facebook (surprise surprise!) that some people in my class are trying to plan a 15 year reunion…so we’ll see!
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23 Anne @strawberryjampackedlife January 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

We’ve had reunions, but I haven’t been to any due to distance and timing.

My parents were friends in high school. My mom’s dad was a doctor, and my dad’s dad was a funeral director. In my mom’s yearbook, my dad wrote:

If I get sick, I’ll call your dad. If you die, call mine!
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24 Ricole Runs January 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I definitely think reunions are less popular now, but also, someone had to plan them! And they are a lot of work. So unless your senior class president is especially ambitious or someone just decided to take up the job unasked, it’s hard to get anything organized! I went to mine but it was not a blast! πŸ™‚

25 Cait's Plate January 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I definitely never went to my high school reunion. Haha oops. I grew up in a small town so I usually inevitably catch up with the people i care about catching up with anyway!
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26 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm

My school is pretty big on reunions and alumni events. My 10 year hasn’t happened yet but I went to my 5 year and so did many of my classmates. It was awesome πŸ™‚
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27 Jackie January 23, 2012 at 3:28 pm

My 10 year reunion was in 2008. It was organized on Facebook, with two nights of getting together. I went and have no regrets, I met an old friend, who then became my fiance, then my husband and now we are welcoming our first child in March.

28 Abby January 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I don’t think I’ll attend my 10 year reunion. I graduated from high school a year early, so all the friends I’d had since kindergarten actually graduated the year after I did. I didn’t really make any spectacular friends that I’d really want to see again. But we may go to hub’s 10-year reunion- he had a ton of friends it would be cool to see (and I knew most of them since he graduated just a year before I did). Plus, he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed,” and I’m pretty sure he’s going to want to brag about his job at NASA and his (hopefully-will-have-completed-by-then) Ph.D. in engineering, just to live up to the title, you know πŸ™‚
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29 Sara, Food Blogger on a Diet / Ms. Adventures in Italy January 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I went to my 10-year reunion *cough* several years ago, but that was before Facebook took off, so I do wonder if the 20-year will be affected. I think Facebook gives you an easy way to stay in touch (via the groups) but it hasn’t really wanted me to be actual Friends with people from high school that I wasn’t already friends with. It definitely definitely makes the “Where are they now” discussions moot – you can find out with FB & Google! πŸ™‚
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30 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I’m class of 2003, too!

I think facebook has kind of killed the “I wonder what they’re doing” anticipation – but not the actual event, itself. I moved pretty far away from “home” so I don’t really keep in touch with my friends from high school (facebook stalking aside) – and the ones I do stay in touch with are on opposite sides of the country. So a reunion would give me an excuse to see everyone. πŸ™‚
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31 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots January 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Ha! I wrote about this same thing when I got my invitation to my 10 year reunion.

http://backtoherroots.com/2011/08/14/are-high-school-reunions-obsolete/
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32 erica January 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

i didn’t go to mine. i think only like 30% of our class went…i went to a super small highschool, on 90 something people in my class. i felt like i already saw the people i cared to see and those that i would’ve gone to see (who moved away), didn’t go…MAYBE i’d go for my 20th.

but my class was never very close, everyone did their own thing, and we were pretty anti-social. lol.
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33 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep January 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

My 10 year reunion was canceled because no one RSVPed. Everyone who wants to still be in contact with each other already are friends on Facebook.
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34 Caitlin January 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm

We had a 10 year reunion and I went. I am class of 2000 so Facebook was only really around for about half of our after high school time. The reunion was planned through FB though. I enjoyed it! I believe there was a family thing during the day on Saturday but I only went to the night party πŸ™‚
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35 Katie G @ Just Roll With It January 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

This sounds exactly like my 10 year class reunion which is supposed to be this year, except I am the one who set up the Facebook page (as a previous class officer, after a meeting with the other officers- President, etc). Since then, we have not been able to meet and have been very busy in our own lives. No one can agree on what to to do (one girl refuses alcohol or meeting at a bar) and I do not want to take the responsibility of planning the entire thing by myself, so nothing has happened so far, and that may be it….we’ll see….All I know is that class reunions are a lot to plan (and require money up front if you want to do something nice)….I am fine with meeting at a bar, or just letting Facebook stalking be sufficient….Facebook does make it easy for everyone to voice their opinion from the class and I have gotten a lot of that!

36 Lara @ TresLaLa to TinyLaLa January 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm

We had our 10 year reunion in a hotel ballroom, and it was an absolute blast. The after party was at a bar close to my home, then when that closed, the after-after party was at my parents’ house (they were in Italy — just like old times!). This year was my 15-year reunion, and they held it at the Milwaukee Brewer’s game – very family friendly with a tailgate ahead of time and a block of tickets. We didn’t make the trip for it, but it looked like everyone had fun! I hope that we have a “real” 20 year one too (oh, geez… I feel old now)
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37 Evan Thomas January 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

This might sound kind of stupid, but my school has 2 reunions a year and every class is invited. It works pretty well since the school isn’t even 20 years old yet and each class only graduates about 40 students. It definitely feels redundant seeing people I’ve never really “lost touch” with, but also it’s a nice excuse to get together.
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38 Amanda January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

My class had a 10 year reunion this past summer. Just a picnic in the park. I didn’t attend because I already had plans for that day (we were headed to Brazil for a “study abroad”), but otherwise I would have gone, especially since it would have given me the chance to see some friends who aren’t big on Facebook. I think my husband’s class had one as well, but he had zero interest in attending.

39 Margo January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I just went to my 10 year reunion last fall. I really didn’t want to go, thinking I’d seen everyone on facebook, that it would be awkward, wouldn’t be fun, etc. My best friend planned the whole thing, so I went to support her. I ended up having a great time!! Catching-up in person is SO different than stalking on Facebook. It’s cool to see who people have become, who they’ve married, and to get all the dirt that people don’t want to post on Facebook. I am so happy that I went!

40 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

That’s an interesting point–I think I’d rather just catch up on FB. I didn’t love HS though, so that’s prob why!

Yummy looking lunch!
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41 Corey @ Learning Patience January 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Lunch looks yummy…. I did not go to my 10 year…I heard it was fun though. They started a 15 yr FB group a while ago and it looks like in August we will have one. I am definitely planning on going this year. Will probably have to go solo but that’s OK….I think Glen would be a bit bored anyways… πŸ™‚

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42 Jackie January 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm

My school has an alumni softball tournament in the fall. So it’s like a yearly reunion. And you get to see people from classes before and after your own. It’s a blast!

43 Lish January 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

My 10 year HS reunion was this past summer and from all accounts I’ve heard, very lame. Out of a class of over 300, only around 25-35 people showed up and all were locals (or at least those still living within the same state). No out-of-towners came and even the bartender at the hotel where it was held said it was the worst reunion he’d ever seen, ha. The person who was supposed to plan it had zero interest in doing so exactly because of Facebook. Someone else took over and although interest was initially high, the person was a horrible planner. Never set up any kind of deals with the hotel for guests coming from out of town, no activities were planned except for a cocktail party from 7-11 PM with a price of $95 per person (no couple rates) that included two alcoholic beverages free. There was no food provided, but I hear the hotel did actually put out some cheese & crackers. There was also no DJ or music of any sort.

I think 10 year reunions are becoming obsolete because most people stay in pretty close(ish) contact with those they wish to during those years. I’ve seen the people I’m not very close friends with dozens of times over the years at various weddings, showers, etc. We play catch up and engage in general chit-chat and that’s that. It seems like maybe the 20 year reunion will become the new 10 year reunion. There seems to be a shift that happens between ages 28-35 where the wedding invitations, shower invitations, random event parties, etc. start to slow and old HS friendships are kind of pushed aside due to life, careers, families, and new friendships.

44 Life's a Bowl January 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I cannot wait to attend my high school reunion [even if you can check FB for updates or if most of my friends have all moved home haha]- there are those random people from history class or that was your lab partner that you aren’t friends with πŸ˜›
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45 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run January 23, 2012 at 4:40 pm

My class had a 10 year reunion. I didn’t attend, mostly because I hated high school and would only want to see about 5 people total again (and luckily I have seen those people!) My h.s. is also doing a cruise this year in September. They’re inviting all the classes, not just the one I graduated in and going to the Bahamas. I kinda like that idea for a reunion.
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46 Anna Portman January 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

My 10 year high school anniversary was last year. I, too heard about the reunion from Facebook. I was in the Reunion Facebook Group and there was 1 girl who had decided to take on the whole reunion.

They had a date (Mid-October) and a place (The Local Racetrack) but the time they picked was 1:30 in the afternoon and it’s pretty cold here in October. They were also charging a ridiculous amount of money to attend.

Apparently it didn’t appeal to many people because there was a “2nd” reunion that started coming together. Eventually neither reunion happened.

I think Facebook may have had something to do with this, lack of interest eventually led to the demise of the reunion. I’m Facebook friends and regularly keep in touch with atleast 60 people from my graduating class. Everyone knows what everyone’s doing already.

Sigh.

47 Sarah January 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I’m class of ’02 and so far, the reunion planning via Facebook has been a disaster played out for all 200 people to see. It’s supposed to be the responsibility of the class president to do the planning but… well, we elected the Senior Class Pothead instead. Who knows if he’s even alive, much less on Facebook.

Planning our reunion became a free-for-all and there ended up being TWO events planned on two different weekends at two locations. Needless to say it was a train wreck last week when the two groups discovered each other. Lots of hurt feelings. Looks like many folks haven’t grown up much! I’m not sure if I’ll attend either of the two events. I’m just glad I didn’t try to help with the planning.

48 Susie January 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I just went to my class’s 5th year reunion. I almost backed out but ended up convincing myself to go (I had a fine time in high school, but I moved on as soon as I threw that cap in the air). After a bit of a slow start I ended up having a really fantastic time. Well worth it. My mom just had her 40th reunion, and she said one of the great things about it was the fact that the people who were still going are the people who are there out of the goodness of their heart, and have stopped trying to impress anyone. She had a great time at that one as well. It’s the ones in the middle 15 yrs-30 yrs that are the trickiest–people divorcing, having kids, divorcing with kids, the oops kids going to college, balding, menopause–that are usually a bit dicey…..

49 Alaina January 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I went to my 5 year reunion and it was actually a lot of fun! I don’t know anything about 10 years though, if that’s being planned. I would probably go because there’s a few people that I know don’t have Facebook and I would love to catch up with them again.
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50 Briana January 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I loved my 10 year reunion last year. Facebook had been around for awhile and it actually kind of helped break the ice in a lot of ways. Many people that you may not have talked to back then, you are “friends” with now so there’s that extra push needed to strike up a convo. I had an absolute blast at my reunion. Mostly because I got a chance to chat with people I was friends with BEFORE high school! I also made the brave choice to go without the hubby. That night was 10x better than high school ever was back then!
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51 TC January 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

My ten year reunion is this year as well, but I wouldn’t go even if there wasn’t Facebook. πŸ™‚

52 Gladys January 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm

We had our reunion last summer and we planned an amazing one! Our class was part of the initial Facebook generation and we had MANY people that initially said were not going because they keep up with everyone on there. However, once people found out how many tickets we had sold, where the event was held, event price and peoples comments on Facebook about attending, our initial ‘attendee’ goal was surpassed. It turned out amazingly great! If you get the chance GO TO YOURS! You’ll be surprised at how much people have grown.

53 Diana January 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

My 10 year reunion was this past year. We had a facebook group for almost a year, and then an evite was sent out a month or so before the event. It was at a bar in Chicago and it was pretty low key so that people didn’t have to decide right away if they wanted to come, and we could pay at the door. It was definitely more interesting to see people in person rather than just facebook. A lot of my friends aren’t on facebook so it’s nice to catch up in person

54 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

My 10th year anniversary just passed last year, and we didn’t have a reunion πŸ™
The idea was tossed around (on Facebook , of course) and then it was generally decided that it wasn’t necessary. I wish we would have had it anyway, just for fun πŸ™‚
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55 deva at deva by definition January 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I went to high school online and did the majority of my junior and senior year of high school at the local university. I don’t think any prior graduates of my school have held a reunion – it’s hard to when you don’t really “know” one another, but at the same time, if my school held a ten-year “where are they now?” sort of reunion, I’d probably be all over it.

Of course, it would have to be held online.
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56 Sloane @ My Life in Florida January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

My fiances had a 10 year reunion 2 years ago. Me and him talked about this on the way there because Class Reunions are not the same. People I never met came up to me asking about one of our trips we went on.

One thing with Facebook though, you can make yourself appear to be something you’re not. He learned that about a couple people while we were there. I plan to go to mine if they have one!!
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57 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I hope I still have a reunion once I hit ten years out of high school. Isn’t half the fun seeing what people really look like now without the perfectly chosen fb profile pic?
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58 Tracey January 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm

We had a 10 and we just celebrated our 20th over thanksgiving weekend. We still did an event, although it was very casual. Just reserved some tables at a local bar (local to where I grew up), and we had about 30% of our class show up, plus spouses. It was fun catching up with people In person rather than just online.

59 Amanda January 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

My husband’s high school reunion (10 yr- class of 2000) was held on Black Friday, in a Bar. We didn’t go.

My high school reunion (10 yr – class of 2001) was held on Black Friday, in a Bar. We didn’t go.

I think if people took the time to plan reunions like they used to we would have gone. But neither of us had any desire to go to a bar with a bunch of people we hadn’t seen in forever. We prefer bars with people we like πŸ™‚

60 Sarah January 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I can definitely see how high school reunions would die out I don’t know if I would go back to mine. My whole family moved across the country when I went away to college and I haven’t been back in quite awhile. Who knows?
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61 Allison K. January 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

My 10 year reunion was in August and it was AMAZING. No one had stepped up to plan it, and someone from our class had posted on facebook, about a reunion, and out of that a comittee was formed and planning got underway! We were lucky enough to grow up in Reno, which makes for a pretty fun town inwhich to have a reunion.
We decided against having a “family” day as most people with kids, still had very young kids, and we had heard from other friends that those events were usually duds.
We lucked out and an alum of our class now owns a well known basque restuarant in down town reno, so we had dinner there, and another alum owns a bar in downtown reno, so we had the following afterparty there. Our graduating class was about 300 people, and about 120 showed up, way better than any of us imagined. It was a total blast…if you get a chance, go to yours…or better yet, plan it!
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62 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I didn’t go to my 10 year reunion since I live over 1000+ miles away. I didn’t really have any interest. I keep in touch with the ones that I want to and most of the others I was able to see on FB. My husband is having his 20 yr. this summer and wants to go.
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63 Nicole P January 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hi Meghann!
This is completely random, but I was wondering if you have a specific training plan for your running right now. Like how many miles ran a day/per week? I am trying to train for my first ever half marathon, but I have no idea how to do it properly. Currently I’m running 7-8 miles 5 days a week but I have a feeling that’s not the way to train….Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! πŸ™‚

Nicole

64 Meghann January 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

Here’s a link to the training plan I’ve been loosely following while training. I would suggest checking out Hall Higeon’s plan for half marathon training, but it sounds like if you’re currently running 7-8 miles that you would be able to run a half marathon without a problem.

65 Diana January 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm

As a recent high school graduate (class of 2010!) who had Facebook by the time I was a freshman, I would say Facebook has definitely changed how we look at class reunions. I personally don’t think I would go to mine because I still keep in touch with the people I would like to see…but I’ve got a ways to go before my first reunion! I will say though, that I remember who would plan the best reunion was a major topic of discussion for our senior class president candidates!

66 Claire January 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Had mine this year and I went! It was fun to see people that I’m not really “close” friends with even if I did kind of know what’s going on in their lives. Seeing someone in person is different than just knowing what’s going on. Funny thing is, though, ten years just isn’t enough! All the groups from high school are still the groups at the reunion…though most people are a little more mature…a little! πŸ˜‰
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67 Emily January 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

We had one for our 10 year reunion in the fall (2001!). I skipped. They went to a football game & tailgated and then the following night had a nice dinner out. It looked like everyone had fun, but I don’t feel like I missed anything (saw all the pics on facebook). Its kinda sad…
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68 Meghan January 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

Our High School had a 5 and 10. I made it to the 5 but missed the 10 because it is always held the weekend after Thanksgiving and I stayed here this year (I am from Pennsylvania). But I think Facebook has killed it a little, especially because the invite was sent via Facebook, though I give the girl a break because she had a baby a few months before + works full time.
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69 Kelly January 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

My high school reunion was this year and I didn’t go for all the reasons you’ve mentioned. I’m ‘friends’ with enough random people from high school that I have a good general sense of what people are up to and for those who I still really care about, I make a point to see them when I’m in town. Beyond that, I’m not sure that I’m that interested in what people are up to and as I have lived either a considerable drive or plane ride from my hometown for my entire adult life, I don’t find it worth the money.

I think a lot of it stems from the fact that while high school was perfectly fine, it wasn’t the best time of my life so I have no strong desire to try to relive it or catch up with people I wasn’t particularly close with in the first place.

It does seem like some people want to go back if they’ve made a major positive change in their life (i.e. the previously overweight girl who dropped a ton of pounds, the previously awkward and shy girl who is not married, etc.), but I don’t really have a story like that.

However, if a lot of people I knew were going I would definitely consider a college reunion. I have much fonder memories of my time there and it was definitely the time of my life that I developed much stronger friendships, not to mention an affinity for the campus.
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70 sarah January 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

I was also just invited to a facebook group for my class ( I am the same year as derek!) BUT they are planning something for the thanksgiving holiday… not sure Ill go BECAUSE I know what everyone’s up to on facebook!
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71 Katie January 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm

My husband’s 10 year reunion was last year I think…and his class DID put together a reunion…but he never got invited! He found out about it afterward when some of his friends posted pictures on Facebook! Ouch! However, he said he probably wouldnt’ have wanted to attend anyway.

I’m still on the fence about ever attending mine. I really disliked high school; high school girls can be SO mean…not sure I ever want to revisit! πŸ˜‰
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72 Samantha January 26, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I’m class of 2002 as well, and they just started planning mine for this coming summer. I think reunions ARE changing in many ways. Rather than a big formal to do as they have been in the past, I think we are doing a sort of semi-formal gathering with a weekend of stuff. I think that though Facebook may change the face of the reunion, I still believe that nothing beats the good old fashioned personal contact. And lets face it, though Facebook helps people stay connected, people also choose not to say a lot on the web. I’m excited to see old friends, and even old not so friends. It’s been a decade, and I’m curious to see how we have all grown up. I know that I am SOOO different from my high school self, and I’m most excited to see that…how we have grown. I don’t feel like you can really get that from the internet.
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73 Randi June 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Wow, you guys make me feel old! I graduated in ’94 and my class has NEVER had a reunion. We were a fairly large class too–maybe like 300 or something. I’m not surprised though, as you said, with the Internet….

It’s just as well to me though, I wouldn’t go if there was one. There’s no point. Anyone I care about, I’m in touch with or can reach. I think they’re definitely dead (reunions, LOL).

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