I went. I chatted. I got drunk with girls from my year nine science class. As promised, I attended my 10 year high school reunion and here are my thoughts. This post weighs up reasons for and against attending high school reunions in the hope of helping you decide if you want to attend yours.
Pro – If you are anything like me, you’re known to suffer a little FOMO. Missing out on the fun and having to hear about it second hand would have had me squirming like I used to when I was sick and had to miss school. What if Samantha* did something funny at lunch (like weeing her pants again) and I missed it?
Con – Annoying people from school are still annoying 10 years on. You WILL find yourself stuck in boring conversations with people you don’t like. It WILL bring back memories from art class where you were stuck in boring conversations with people you don’t like while you were trying to cut your lino. They WILL over share and tell you things about their sexual life that will haunt your nightmares. But this is kind of your fault. You didn’t want to miss out, did you?
Pro – Nice people from school are still nice. Once you remember their name, you will enjoy reminiscing about that time at band camp where you had too much sherbert and thought it’d be a great idea to dress as Austin Powers and do a dance for the talent contest.
Con – Bitchy people from school are still bitches. That doesn’t change.
Pro – If you attend, then people can’t bitch about you.
Con – You may find yourself getting a ‘round the circle’ update on who is getting married in the next year (in case you’re wondering, it’s all of them). Your only reply to this may be ‘I live near the best bakery ever’.
Pro – The bakery proves quite the talking point. It becomes apparent the sausage rolls served on the night don’t quite measure up.
Con – You really feel like a sausage roll now, but the bakery is shut.
Pro – You will enjoy reminiscing about good times from school camps including having a midnight Corroboree to this song or the misfortunate trip to the hospital. (In unrelated news, you should know that climbing a barbed-wire fence to ride a llama is very dangerous.) You will remember the Greek Drama Festival** in which your tone-deaf friend was asked to ‘just mouth along’ to the songs. It will feel like you’re back on the playground running around on the “holy grass”. Kidding, we’d never do that. Rumor has it if you set foot on that grass the dead nuns buried*** there would rise like zombies from their grave to claim you.
Unlike Channel 9’s entire second half programming, attending your high school reunion is not ‘unmissable’. I am glad I went because I had a fun time. And I’m pretty lucky because I’m still quite close with some school friends so we had each others backs when we got stuck in awkward chat (see point two). But for people that didn’t have the best time at school it would have been a tough thing to walk into alone. So go if you feel like you can’t miss it, but if you don’t attend your life won’t be any less awesome.
*Names have been changed to protect pants-wetting identity.
**Yes. I’m a nerd.
***Never been confirmed, but we all knew it’s true.
Have you attended your reunion? How was it? Or if not, what are your hesitations or excitement about going?