While online books are growing in popularity, students are still preserving high-school memories with hard copy yearbooks. Students can keep their yearbooks forever and remember their high-school years by turning the pages. Yearbooks are even more nostalgic when friends sign them. Since many seniors do not keep in touch after graduation, the way you sign can make a lasting impression. Plan by thinking about how you want to autograph your friends' yearbooks.
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Party with Yearbooks
Encourage yearbook signing by providing a place and time for signing. Schools can provide refreshments at the yearbook party and make it an exclusive event for seniors. Encourage students to bring pens or purchase printed class pens that contain the year of graduation and the school. The signing party will enhance seniors' ability to obtain autographs from all their friends because everyone will be accessible at one time.
Yearbooks are, at their core, memory books. Recall fond memories and commit them to ink inside a friend's yearbook. Refer to specific activities or experiences you had with your friend. For example, write, "Remember when I caught your perfect pass and we won the football game against Shelbyville High School?" You could also refer to the way you met. Write, "Remember when there was no room at my lunch table so I sat at yours and we talked so much we barely ate?" This will make the yearbook note more personal, so your friend will look back and remember you -- and perhaps an otherwise forgettable experience -- in 20 years.
Signing a yearbook with a quote makes it easy to be articulate without using your own words. Quotes invoke thoughts of the past or encourage friends to look toward the future. They can also help you reminisce about the friendship, and provide a starting point for your thoughts. If you are signing the book of an acquaintance, a brief quote is an easy way to express your thoughts if the two of you did not really share significant high-school experiences.
General Yearbook Wishes
Many friends sign yearbooks with a standard message. A general yearbook message may include wishes for a successful life or congratulations on the achievement of graduating. If friends hope to stay in contact, the autograph can include an e-mail address or cell phone number. If you are going to college, mention the school you will be attending.
Sign a boyfriend or girlfriend's yearbook by referring to specific moments you two shared as a couple. It's unlikely that high-school sweethearts will marry each other, which is why -- regardless of the relationship's outcome -- the couple should write a message to each other that speaks from their heart (and which will usually include the era's slang). High school is the first time many people experience love, and students will appreciate recalling their young love when they review the yearbook decades later.
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