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Bring back the memories: why class reunions matter

Are high school and college reunions that much of a drag? Or are there things to learn from them?
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: July 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm •  Published: July 10, 2014

It was 70 years ago when these six people tossed their caps into the sky and celebrated their graduation.

The gathering of these six for the 1944 class reunion evokes an intriguing question about high school: Do we ever leave it?

One study found that getting that higher GPA could actually impact your future salary, giving nerds a bit of a leg up on the cool kids in that regard in the post-high school years. Another recent study suggested that the cool kids don’t stay popular after they’re outside the locker-filled hallways.

Part of that is because those popular kids continue to act in ways that worked for them in high school, which fall short in the eyes of adults in the so-called "real world.” Our past follows us.

“Teens who become popular simply by hanging out with pretty people probably don't work as hard to develop meaningful relationships, according to the study,” Business Insider reported. “That behavior is carried into adulthood, to their detriment.”

It seems those kids aren’t leaving the sheltered walls of high school. And maybe no one ever does. A University of New Hampshire study suggested that the memories gathered from the ages of 15 to 25 usually are more vivid and stay with us for years to come. Since we can remember those years so fondly and vividly, we never leave those halls, writes Jennifer Senior of New York magazine.

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