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Are HS Reunions Old-Fashioned? May 14, 2010

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Happy Friday everyone! To celebrate, here’s an image I sent to some coworkers this morning:

Now that that’s out of the way ( 🙂 ), I really do have a legitimate topic to blather about.

It recently came to my attention that my high school reunion is coming up in a few years. Since about 98% of my friends here in Orlando are older than me, that means that all my friends are currently deciding whether or not to attend their own high school reunions. It’s been interesting to listen to the discussion.

It seems that (for the 10-year reunion, at least) people go mostly to show off husband/kids/job/success, or to see how everyone looks 10 years later, or to reconnect with old friends.

While this may have held true 10 or 15 years ago, I’m hearing a lot of, “Why would I go? I already keep in touch with most people through Facebook, and I can pretty much find out what everyone else is doing that way, too.”

And to a point, I think this is true. I’m friends with a pretty decent number of the people in my graduating class. I’ll be honest, I Facebook-stalk people pretty regularly (just to satisfy curiosity), but even though I know what they’re doing … I think I’d still want to see them face-to-face again. In the years after college, I found that when I ran into people I graduated with, they’d changed. There are a couple of specific examples where I became friends with people I hadn’t talked to in college, after having only a few interactions with in high school. Guys who I thought were total jerks in high school ended up turning into not-so-bad dudes in college.

It’s this sort of change that makes me want to go to my reunion when it rolls around. You can see where someone works, where they are going to grad school and who they are dating/engaged to/married to on Facebook, but you can’t judge the progression of their personality.

And to me, that’s the most important part of these gatherings anyway. I’m sure I’ve changed in the last 8 years (and will probably change more in the next 2!), and it will be fun to potentially reconnect with these people on a more mature level than we were at in high school. I might feel differently if I lived in Seattle and was constantly bumping into people from Redmond High (as it seems to always happen when I visit home) … but for some reason, I don’t think so.

Are you going/did you go to your 10-year reunion? If you did, did you admit you found anything out about people ahead of time (via Facebook, etc)?

Currently loving: Power breakfasts (I had oatmeal with bananas and strawberries, and don’t want one of the donuts in the kitchen AT ALL), this photo currently on my Cute Overload desk calendar, lemongrass green tea

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Minor degrees: Do they matter? September 15, 2009

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Let’s rewind for a moment to early fall, 20o3. I am sitting in my advisor’s office at the great institution known as Washington State University (go Cougs), and at the tender age of 18, am committing to a major that will define the next four years (and tens of thousands of dollars’ worth) of my education.

From Washington State Universitys web site

From Washington State University's web site

Unlike many kids my age, it was an easy choice for me. I’d always considered myself somewhat of a writer, and I had a fledgling career in my high-school newspaper for three years. Communications. Done, done and done.

My advisor nodded, plugged me into some 101 classes, and then asked a question I hadn’t been expecting: “What about your minor?”

I was a little shocked, I’ll be honest. For the most part, I considered minors to be the things that people were REALLY interested in studying, but they only minored in the subject because they couldn’t make a living out of it and majored in something generic and semi-useful like entrepreneurship or business. This way, they were still learning about something they liked, without wanting to kill themselves while pursuing a boring but practical degree.

Image from tapasparidas Flickrstream

Image from tapasparida's Flickrstream

I didn’t quite fit this equation. I really liked communications, I liked writing, I liked speaking, and I liked people. I didn’t really have a whole lot of secondary interests pegged down besides video games and boys.

I think my advisor saw me floundering, because her next words were, “for communications majors, the most common minors are sociology or business.” This, I later decided, is why she was an advisor. Without her I would have undoubtedly forayed into forestry or astronomy or whatever else I was intrigued by at that moment.

My next question was: “Are there a lot of math classes in business?” o_O

As you can tell, I was thinking about this from all angles (not). A few months before, I had celebrated my C+ in Math Analysis and flipped the bird to epsilon proofs, trig, and everything else I brain-dumped to make room for more fun stuff like the lyrics to Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” With God as my witness, I’d never take math again.

Image from EmpireOnline.com

Image from EmpireOnline.com

So, sociology it was. I felt like kind of a slacker at first, but as it turns out, I was genuinely interested in both communications and sociology. So much so, that I didn’t even mind the research/statistics classes I had to take.

I didn’t think much about my minor post-grad until my second year at an agency, when I had an epiphany and realized that I love research … especially about what people think and how they act. I credit my sociology classes for this. I think my studies in those classes reinforced my tendencies to examine how people will react to events, and words. I use these tendencies every day, whether it’s positioning an announcement, writing a press release, creating surveys for client research  or even just interacting with my coworkers/bosses. I think about myself, my clients, and people in general from people’s point of view.

And you know that everytime I find myself using something I can attribute to my time spent immersed in sociology, I am silently laughing at all the poor schmucks who chose business out of practicality.

And yes, with God as my witness … I definitely had to take math 208 in college. So much for no math after high school.