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Yes, show off your accomplishments

Sana-KadirBy Sana Kadir
Niles West

In high school, you create some of your best memories with people you’re bound to fall out of contact with. Why wouldn’t you go back to see old classmates and teammates? Who wouldn’t want to reconnect with former teachers and friends? There’s no harm in it.

I mean, c’mon, everyone wants to see where their first crush ended up or what happened to the girl who always sat in the back of the class and never spoke to anyone. Forget about anyone else—wouldn’t you want people to know what you’ve done in the past 10 years? Yes, part of a reunion is showing off in a way, but that’s really what brings people back: to see where others ended up. Hopefully, in a decade you will have accomplished things that you’re proud of.

Who knows? After being reunited, you could get closer with some of your friends again … or be reminded why you never tried to contact them in the first place.

Why put yourself through that?

Maddie-MathieBy Maddie Mathie

Everyone deep down has a desire to know how the people they grew up with ended up in life.

However, much like spending hours stalking people you used to know on Facebook, your high school reunion can only provide a glimpse into the lives of others and could leave you feeling insecure and inadequate. If the attendees know everyone else will be judging success at their high school reunion, you can bet people will show up dieted, primped and ready to show off.

This would make anyone want to do the same—put on the best appearances to give off the impression that you’re doing well. But the thought of this process seems completely anxiety-provoking and insecurity-inducing to me. If I’m content and happy with where I’ve gotten in my life, why force myself into an evening riddled with comparison and false assumptions based on one night’s appearance?

I get why you’d go, but I think I’ll pass.

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