While the prospect of attending high school reunions can be joyous for some, it is extremely frustrating and distressing for others. A reunion is a time for revisiting old friendships and romantic entanglements. It is also an opportunity to present your accomplishments and all that you have achieved since leaving high school, to your peers. Most people approach their high school reunions with a little more than just trepidation.
Preparing for a high school reunion
Being prepared for what you may encounter and who you may run into, can help you have a good time at the reunion. Being thus prepared can also help you approach men and women who didn’t know you existed back in high school. Here are some simple tips to help you through.
Get rid of your preconceived notions
It is important to get rid of all your preconceptions before you set foot in the reunion. If you have been keeping in touch with any of your old friends, you will have some idea of their successes and failures. Try to get information about which of your old classmates have married, which of them are divorced and which of them have achieved something worthwhile.
This information can be easily used to approach those who didn’t know you in school. Talk to those who were your friends and also take time to talk to those you didn’t know so well. Perhaps with time they may have changed and become interesting in their adulthood.
A reunion is another opportunity for you to make a first impression on your old classmates. Approaching them with confidence is the best way to make sure that this impression is a favorable one. Be confident in who you are and dress confidently. You may be tempted to spend lavishly and be a little excessive, but it is best if you do not attempt to appear to be what you are not.
For instance, if you are a simple dresser, attempting to be glamorous may only make you feel uncomfortable and out of place. Pretenses of wealth and success are most likely to fall flat, so it is best to avoid that.
Rekindling old romance
When you are attending a high school reunion, it is best to be prepared to run into an old flame. If you had a secret crush on someone, or dated someone for a little while, be prepared to meet with them, even if it’s a prospect that does not excite you much. It is best to avoid feeling awkward and meet with them confidently.
If you are unattached, the reunion can present an exciting opportunity to meet other singles. Some of your classmates that you never knew back then may have bloomed late. It is entirely possible that you may feel attraction towards someone you didn’t find attractive back then. Men, just as you don't want the former cheerleader beauties to count you out, don't count out the former girls from band or tennis! These girls might have the looks and heart that the cheerleaders either never developed, or never had. And what about our ladies? That guy who is was teased for his funny year book photo may have turned into quite the man (and quite the catch) in life.
Dress to impress
A lot of people age very gracefully and it is highly likely that your looks may have changed after you graduated high school. Dress appropriately and highlight your best features. You may receive a lot of praise from your friends and even those you did not know back then. Respond graciously and be generous with your own compliments.
Try to look simple and yet elegant. More importantly, show the improvement of your mind through intelligent conversations that are direct and backed with knowledge. At the same time, also try to have some fun because reunions, after all, are all about enjoying yourself.
Be sure to move around and talk to as many people as you can. If you decide to stick only to the jocks and avoid the funny guys, you may be making a mistake. Remember that people change and making new friends and contacts may very serve you very well both socially as well as romantically.