It seems like just yesterday, you were standing with your graduating class in your caps and gowns celebrating the end of your high school years. Now, suddenly, it’s been ten years and you’ve received an invitation to your high school reunion. 

Some people love the idea of a high school reunion and catching up with old friends. For others, it can ignite a sense of dread with flashbacks of awkward school dances, group projects, teenage angst, and bullying. 

While you don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why you don’t want to go to your high school reunion, we understand if you would like some validation supporting your decision. If this sounds like you, then keep on reading. 

1. Distance 

If you’ve moved out of state, it might not make sense for you to make travel plans just to go to your high school reunion.

After all, you’ll have to take time off work, pay for transportation and accommodation costs, and for what? To hear your old classmates talk about “the good old days”? Pass.

2. High school wasn’t a positive experience for you

You might have heard the old saying “High school is the best time of your life” and for some people it certainly is.

For everyone else, high school might have been a tolerable experience or worse – it might have been some of the most difficult years of your life.

If high school wasn’t a pleasant experience for you, you might be better off skipping the reunion so you don’t accidentally open old wounds. 

3. You already keep in touch with anyone you’d want to see 

Not everyone manages to keep long lasting friendships after high school, but if you are one of the lucky few who keeps in touch with their high school friends regularly, it might not make sense to go to your high school reunion.

After all, you already know what your friends have been up to and might see them daily anyway, so what would you be missing by skipping the invite? For those you haven’t kept in touch with, there is likely a good reason for that, so going to your high school reunion probably won’t change anything in that department. 


Your high school reunion could be a great time or a complete dud. A lot can change in ten years, and you might be surprised by how much everyone has grown up.

However, it might be best to leave the past in the past especially if high school wasn’t a positive part of your life. At the end of the day, the decision is yours and you shouldn’t feel pressured to go to something you don’t want to go to. You don’t owe these people anything.

If you have a group of friends that also wants to skip it, you could plan a trip together somewhere instead, especially if your reunion would require travel. Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun to meet up with some of your old pals in the Caribbean, for instance?

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