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High School Reunions

High School Reunions

Date: Jul 24 2009

Themes: Party, School

Grammar: Past Progressive Tense

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High school reunions have a lot of potential for drama. Some attend simply because they want to catch up with old friends and revisit the past. But others are more interested in showing off, settling old scores, or comparing their lives to everyone else’s. The former geeks are hoping that they’re more successful than the former jocks, the former jocks are hoping that the former prom queen is still single, and everyone wants to know who got pregnant, who got rich, and who got fat.

Mason recently attended his 10 year high school reunion. Many high schools throw parties where you can meet up with your old classmates years after you graduated. Find out if Mason found that prom queen or found that everyone else was more successful than him.

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Mason

Mason

Devan

Devan

Mason:  I went to my 10 year high school reunion this weekend.

Devan:  How was it, was it fun?

Mason:  I have crossed that mighty traditional bridge. It was fun. I mean, I had really low expectations as far as what I might get out of it. There were a lot of people that actually showed up. I mean, I was kind of expecting for there to be a pretty low turnout.

Devan:  Now, a lot of those people, did you stay in contact with them over like a social network, or were you seeing them for the first time in a really long time?

Mason:  I stayed in touch with most of my close friends in high school, and then I kind of slowly accumulated new friends on Facebook and whatnot. So I’d had a sense of what maybe half of the class was doing. Basically I saw people put pictures of their kids up there and I’m like, “OK, they are obviously are doing that thing.”

Devan:  So, were you one of the more successful of your class, would you say? Or somewhere in the middle? Was anyone doing anything really amazing?

Mason:  I heard that one kid got super rich banking and moved to Brazil, so he wasn’t there.

Devan:  Wow.

 

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When Mason went to his high school reunion, he wasn’t expecting it to be a very fun party, but he ended up having a good time. A lot of people came whom he hadn’t seen since graduation. Some of them were people with whom he had remained friends via Facebook.

Many people who attend their high school reunions worry about how their lives will compare with their classmates’ lives. They want to be seen as successful. They don’t want their old classmates to think that they haven’t done anything since high school. Mason only heard of one guy who became extremely rich, but he wasn’t at the reunion because he lives in Brazil.

Have you stayed in touch with your former classmates? What do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?

 

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 julito

julito

Argentina

I don´t like to assist to these events .The first think that comes to my mind is: ” gosh,  am I  as   wash out as they are . Cry

11:34 PM Mar 06 2012 |

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ibcdipak

India

Hi this is Dipak Pritam, i would like to say something

i did complete shooling 5 year ego, last 3 month ego i meet with my childhood friend on outside city .

 He is my 4th standred class friend we meet after 10 yaer 

 

 

 

06:14 PM Sep 20 2009 |

mariaelperez

Peru

Aug 21 2009

Did you saw the date?

 

03:49 AM Aug 14 2009 |

clair87

clair87

Italy

I graduated from High school about three years ago and once I took part to a reunion meeting with my ex-class mates but it wasn't really succesful as just half of the persons invited showed up. I think it's better to keep in touch with the persons you really care about than pretrend to be interested in what other people you're not really friends with are doing.

01:41 PM Jul 29 2009 |

dinhquyen87@yahoo.com

Viet Nam

i graduated highschool for 3 y ago. and not often meet old classmate. i remmem my class has over 5o p. and maby it was long time since i had gra, i just meet 1 to 2 p of them, and oldclass ogranize reunion on tet holiday, but i don't want to show. im a pesimism.

 

12:17 AM Jul 29 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

10 years from now,I hope to be speaking englisg fluently and living in somewhere in Europe ;)

11:39 PM Jul 28 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Yes,I have many friends at the time of the hig school and I have some contact until today :) But of couse,much things happen with each one,the life has been different for each one…For example,I'm the one of the friends that still single and I don't have any kids hehe…All of my friends have theirs families and kids :)

11:31 PM Jul 28 2009 |

kaseem

kaseem

Syrian Arab Republic

well,it is good to be in touch with your old classmates.
even though I graduated for about three years ago,I am still seeing
the most of my old classmates,maybe because we are living in tne same town.
any way I hope I see them after ten years(In shaa Allah as the muslims say)in English (God willing).

03:58 AM Jul 28 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

Money mouth

06:02 PM Jul 27 2009 |

tiagon85

Brazil

In 10 years from now i want to be more rich, and have my own family. This is what i expect to!!!

03:32 PM Jul 26 2009 |

luosijie203

Taiwan

As for  me, it's so long time after i graduated from high school. now i stay in touch with a few of my classmates, my close friends. I have never participated in a reunion, but I have heard that at the reunion some classmates just want to show off, I believe that's true, and I think if someone who is unsuccessful don't want to attend the reunion.

02:58 PM Jul 26 2009 |

Efi Puspitasari

Indonesia

I think it is a good articel,, it shows how some people come to reunions just for show off and the other come for catch up with other old friends..

02:11 PM Jul 26 2009 |

tink3rb3ll

tink3rb3ll

Australia

....

02:11 PM Jul 26 2009 |

sfhao

China

it is very difficult to unstand for me.i expect there are someone can translate it in chinese

10:53 AM Jul 26 2009 |

Vaida24

Vaida24

Denmark

 

  In our country there no such tradition to organise a reunions. It's a little bit pity…I would like to catch up with old friends.

08:46 AM Jul 26 2009 |

sopin

China

excuse me,i wonder why i couldn't find any video to see,to listen to and to learn from.

Frown

04:09 AM Jul 26 2009 |

abd sarayrah

Jordan

I’ve graduated 5 years ago from high school and still in touch with most of my friends. in fact they are the best.

07:29 PM Jul 25 2009 |

spike_dsl

spike_dsl

Philippines

My classmates in high school organized a reunion. They tried to  convinced me to attend the reunion but it didnt worked. I said yes but I didnt showed up. Probably I dont have really really close friend that I want to see again. I think my view at this point of time that high school reunion is boring… maybe in the next more years it will change.

05:19 PM Jul 25 2009 |

Sindy ao u

Sindy ao u

Taiwan

haha i guess it's very realistic! interesting article:)

03:28 PM Jul 25 2009 |

boddi

China

I catched up my classmates every year during we graduated from high school,we met up at hotel or restaurant, we played Mahjong , played Poker and singed song at KTV. we did these things in Spring festival of China,because we all had vacation at this time.

03:26 PM Jul 25 2009 |

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