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High school reunion: Go or skip it?

April 05, 2012|By Ernest Wilkins, Jessica Cantarelli | RedEye

It's been 13 years since the class of "American Pie" graduated high school, and with the Friday release of "American Reunion," two RedEye staffers got to thinking about their own high school reunions coming up. It begs the question: Go to your high school reunion or skip it?

Go

Ernest Wilkins, Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School, class of 2003

Why wouldn’t you want to go? It’s a fun way to see people (and see what a decade can do to the old face and midsection if you’re hurting in the self-esteem region). There are gonna be people with ugly husbands/wives, people with tons of pictures of kids, but you know what else there’ll be? ALCOHOL. You could also finally knock out that hookup bucket list you had back in the day. Speaking personally, the folks I graduated with all still seem to keep tabs on each other. I can tell you what at least 20 or so of them are doing right now. I’m continuously told that this isn’t the norm, but whatever. If I’m in town, I’m down.

Skip it

Jessica Cantarelli, Hoffman Estates High School, class of 2003

Nine years ago, I was voted the girl with the “worst case of senioritis.” Meaning: I didn’t give a what then and guess what? I don’t give a what now. I don’t need to pay money, or drive all the way out to the suburbs, to know what those people are up to. I already know what to expect. It’s called Facebook. The AP kids are really successful, the “hot” guys all got fat, the cheerleaders got married, a few of them got divorced, and most of them are doing the exact same things they were doing 10 years ago (working at the mall, drinking at their parents’ house--no judgment). Plus, I shouldn’t show my face anyway. As a rebellious 17-year-old editor-in-chief of the yearbook, I put myself in that damn thing 46 times. 

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