Very often students enter educational facilities alone and graduate with solid friendships and valuable associations, in addition to a diploma. The passage of time and events can create gaps in relationships, however. To bridge these gaps, many classmates look forward to their reunion to become reacquainted and reestablish ties to people from their past. A properly written biography can effectively condense information and communicate life achievements and changes to an audience of curious friends and acquaintances.
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Grab the reader's attention with an astonishing statement or a thought-provoking question. If you or the subject of your biography wrote for the school newspaper and became a journalist after graduation, you may provoke readers with a statement like, "...does anyone remember the kid who used to ask us all those nosy questions for the Roosevelt Roost? He grew up to cover breaking celebrity news." Re-introduce yourself formally. Tell a fact to substantiate your opening statement. "On May 11, 2000, Nosy Celebrity Newspaper broke news about movie star Jack Kent...that was my story!"
Fill in classmates as to how your time was spent between graduation and present-day achievements. Share personal information about yourself. List the places you have lived since graduation. Tell your former classmates if you ever married and how many children you may have had. Describe the kinds of jobs you have held. Keep the biography interesting by including facts about your lifestyle, employment, family and life events. Your personal statement may sound like, "After graduation, I volunteered with the Peace Corps for eight years. While serving in Namibia, I met my wife, Sally. Together we have five children, a boy and four girls."
Navigate between the present and past. Tie the time spent in school to everyday characteristics of your present-day lifestyle. Tell readers about something associated with the class or school that you may hold close to your heart. Expound on how choosing that school or associating with a particular group of classmates may have contributed to your success in life. Endearing words or memories will help former classmates relate to the subject. Your next statement may read something like, "When I am in a quiet place, I think fondly of all the basketball and volleyball games we used to win against Loser Senior High. I want to thank all of the players who allowed me to interview you after the games. Learning to grab your attention over the screaming fans honed the skills I use for work everyday."
End the biography with current life goals and a statement of pride about the school. Your closing statement may read, "Our teamwork as students of Theodore Roosevelt High School placed us in the top 10th percentile of schools in our entire region. Maintaining that standard of excellence in my personal life allows me to set new objectives to work towards. Next year, I'll be interviewing Oprah."
Tips and warnings
- Be careful when writing a biography to only include personal information about the subject that he or she would not mind shared with friends, enemies and strangers alike. Try to avoid divulging information about tragedies, illegalities, immoral or socially unaccepted behaviour. It is best to get a person's authorisation before sharing his or her biography with an audience of peers.
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