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Why class reunions matter so much

Facing a class reunion can be daunting enough to make a teetotaler crave a bracing cocktail. But fear not. It's worth the effort. For at least one sweet, nostalgic night you can revisit the best parts of high school without worrying about the silly stuff. I used to wonder why high school reunions seem to mean so much more to people than other reunions. I think the late, great editor and columnist Meg Greenfield put it in her memoir: "So far as I have been able to discover, nobody, regardless of station, gets over high school." Indeed, class reunions help you to get over high school, no matter how nervous you might be about getting over your class reunion High school is where we begin to shape the adults we are about to become for the rest of our lives. It is a monstrous task confronted by complete amateurs. I would not face it again if you paid me in Powerball winnings. Class reunions are, by comparison, low stress. We become history detectives, probing our past to take a fresh look at who we were and what we put up with before we reinvented ourselves into postgraduates. Reunions have a therapeutic value. They prove how right your parents were when they assured you, back in the throes of teen angst, that time heals all wounds — and wounds all heels. The bullies, snobs, hustlers and clowns who once brought you daily torment may be passed away by now or simply humbled as we all are by advancing years and slowed metabolism. I graduated from the public high school in Middletown, Ohio, in 1965, a time that seemed to me like "only yesterday," until the stories that I used to watch on television began to appear in my son's history exams. It took some of us 20 years to work up enough nerve to show up at a class reunion. It took that long for the residue of teenage hubris, angst and embarrassing relationships to fade. In other words, it took long enough for most of us to have high school kids of our own. After 40 years, you're happy merely to see who's still alive and able to show up. "No politics tonight," said Bob Hayden, one of the event's organizers, with whom I have been debating politics since Lyndon Johnson beat Barry Goldwater. No problem. It was good to be back in the land of good Midwestern common sense after escaping Washington, which politics have turned into Mogadishu-on-the-Potomac. I wasn't sure he could hear me over the music, provided by a band of fellow alumni called The Intruders. They were a popular local garage band for a couple of years in the mid-1960s until they broke up like countless other aspiring teen legends to pursue more conventional lives. Whatever hair they had left was gray and actually longer than it used to be in their old band photos, although these days it does not look nearly as rebellious as it used to. We partied like it was, well, 1965. As Bridget Fonda's character says in the movie "Singles," "Somewhere around 25, bizarre becomes immature." After 60, bizarre becomes merely "eccentric." Just one bit of advice if you're facing a class reunion: Resist the impulse to ask your fellow alumni, "Do you remember me?" This is particularly true if there is any chance that the other person doesn't remember you Read More
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REGSITRATION OF AOCOSA MEMBERS IS ON ::REGISTER TO GET FEAUTURE ON E-YEAR BOOK

In accomplishment of the target goal to reconnect high school friends, We hereby urge alumnus to register. Class of '12 graduates to get feature on our website. Visit http://aocosa.com/?lnk=reg today! AOCOSA REUNUION ..reconecting old forks! Read More
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Class of '11 REUNION Party, Dec 26.

Calling all Fabulous Bikini Babes for a Pool Party Monday 26th 1:00 pm Conference Hotel Poolside Read More
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It's OTUNUBI Oreoluwa Birthday

Dear old friend, I hope you celebrate you birthday well with loved ones. Wishing you a happy birthday celebration. From all of us, class of '12 Read More
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It's Bukola Morafa's Birthday!

"A young beautiful gentle lady, always quite in class and full of the fear of God" -Fiwa From all of us at AOCOSA '12, we say Happy birthday to you Bukola Morafa. Have a blast! Read More
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Happy Founder's Day to our Alma Mata: Adesanya Fiwajoluwa writes...

Adesanya Timilehin – 09/12 Head Boy I remember my first day at Adeola Odutola College. I was about a foot shorter and scared to walk around the corner because of the older kids. During the years at this school I have been able to conquer my fears, face my obstacles and break apparent boundaries and this has led me all to talk to you today. Talking to many young people these days, especially in areas like ours, has shown me that they all seem to lack belief. Instead of thinking to themselves that they can achieve anything they want to, they blame certain political and economic reasons for why they can’t achieve. Negative attitudes won’t get you anywhere; holding yourself back to certain limits will keep you oppressed. We are lucky that we are all being educated in a school as great as ours; our school gives us the opportunity to achieve to the highest standard. We should acknowledge more the hard work teachers do in trying to help us get those grades and reach our goals. This school has given me an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. The traditions, the values and memories are some that I can keep for life. Year 2012 students: I have a particular message for you. You may be facing a little hiccup in your education. Face your fear of what is ahead and jump over those hurdles – but also, acknowledge the great education and the opportunity our great AOC has given you. Read More
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Happy Founder's Day to our Alma Mata: Adesanya Fiwajoluwa writes...

Adesanya Timilehin – 09/12 Head Boy I remember my first day at Adeola Odutola College. I was about a foot shorter and scared to walk around the corner because of the older kids. During the years at this school I have been able to conquer my fears, face my obstacles and break apparent boundaries and this has led me all to talk to you today. Talking to many young people these days, especially in areas like ours, has shown me that they all seem to lack belief. Instead of thinking to themselves that they can achieve anything they want to, they blame certain political and economic reasons for why they can’t achieve. Negative attitudes won’t get you anywhere; holding yourself back to certain limits will keep you oppressed. We are lucky that we are all being educated in a school as great as ours; our school gives us the opportunity to achieve to the highest standard. We should acknowledge more the hard work teachers do in trying to help us get those grades and reach our goals. This school has given me an opportunity that I will be forever grateful for. The traditions, the values and memories are some that I can keep for life. Year 2012 students: I have a particular message for you. You may be facing a little hiccup in your education. Face your fear of what is ahead and jump over those hurdles – but also, acknowledge the great education and the opportunity our great AOC has given you. Read More

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