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How To Behave In A School Reunion and Planning for Hosting it
How do you behave in a school reunion? Meaning it's not only your class but an occasion where different batches are involved. Old habits hardly die; we can't help laughing at our old antics, mistakes, triumphs, highs and lows, especially in our high school days or even college life. We can't help but compare ourselves from other batches, especially those who were behind us but much older than us. Achievements can be seen on the way you spend expenses for your batch or your car and even educational attainments. Yet the most enduring moment is how we shared happy moments, gay and loud laughter as we danced our cellulite, love handles and dumbo figures at the live band's pumping sounds.
I recently attended our school reunion and observed how the old and young ones behaved. I belonged to the young ones (I'm in denial to be called oldies, hehe!) but amid the noise and boisterous merriment, I gazed around the party hall and observed every batch (high school or college alumni) behaved and these are what I've seen:
- Alumni aging from 50-60s are more subdued or reform. They talked mostly about their families and professions.
- Alumni aging from 30-40 can't get enough talking about the batch high school moments and only slight on family matters.
- Former teachers and retirees have their own table and also talk about the school's situation and their family, too.
More or less, I'm getting in the scenario where the crowd choose their own category and mingle with their peers, not only for their common interest but to get acquainted after years of being away from their Alma Mater.
Attending a School Reunion
Whether your batch will be a host or not, it's a must to attend a school reunion, if you're near the place or your proximity will not take a day just to be there.
Impressions of long ago can be renewed depending on how you get dressed or the way you groom yourself.
I've seen an old chum in his worst attire, wearing untrimmed beard and goatees, as if he didn't take a bath and much worst; the smell of being drunk prior to his attending the party. From his external features, almost everyone who knew him concluded that he's an alcoholic. Some were tempted to say he must be at the wrong place or maybe he should go to a rehab center.
Well, there's no need to wear a disguise. Just be yourself. You must look and feel good and be ready for the unexpected.
I'm sure there are lots and food and drinks that await you but a precaution for health reasons is a must.
You and I are not getting any younger.
Dos And Donts in a Reunion
Behave yourself or ourselves when attending reunions. Since thse facts will apply to all sort of gatherings, let me spill the beans for you to comment.
- Do mingle with your former school mates. This is the best thing to do, since you're already in the party.
- Do share your experiences in life after graduating in school (high school or college). It's good to know whether you succeed or still struggling on your career.
- Do mingle with your former teachers, even if you hated some of them before because you nearly failed on their subjects. It's still good to know how the aged and what's left on their thoughts.
- Don't overeat. Eating less will save you from stressful effects and the danger of cholesterol level-up.
- Don't drink too much. Unguarded moments can be dangerous and scandalous to you and your peers.
Party! Party! during our BCAT Centennial celebration (March 05, 2011) c/o Bernard Florin
School Reunion can rekindle Old Flames
Some cannot attend our succeeding reunions because they've perished already. I feel saddened of this fact. Some died due to ailments and others due to accidents. Imagine, we're just turning 40, most of my batchmates, this year. They say, life begins at forty but they've already written 30 on their life's history. 30 in journalism means end.
Some became widowed because of those causes of death. Sad stories are added to the agenda but the happy part of a reunion is the reliving of old moments in school, especially crushes, old acquaintances.
There some of our batch than can be a showoff and some stay out of the limelight or humble enough not to bear their own status in life. We can't evade it. Those who endured so much hardships and prospered will always the bragging rights to show what he/she achieved.
To top it all, some old flames can still revive their feelings if they're still single or available.
After 25 years of being out from my Alma mater, we're now obliged by the school administration to administer the hosting of the school reunion for 2013. That's two years from now.
We already conducted the first round of brainstorming during the centennial birth anniversary of our school. The next thing we plan to do is to raise the amount we needed in order to realize the activities we are planning to do.
The central headquarters, the place where we will plan our activities will be at the business site of our classmate who's proximity is very near the school.
Meanwhile, those who are already based outside the country will connect through Facebook and Yahoo Groups updates. My IT batchmate had already created the official website (blogs and activities) for the batch for safekeeping, away from the nosy fans from other sites. It is solely for the whole batch.
Social networking will play a huge role in dessiminating our activities. Family matters of every batchmate will be gearing to fulfill our goals for the biggest hosting party of our batch.
We can accomplish it if we'll be holding on together.