Arguably, high school is one of the most memorable times in a students’ life because of the friends and foes made, the achievements and shenanigans, and the adventure of it all. The best way to preserve your memories of such a great time is through your high school yearbook, of course.
But many of today’s generation will dispute such a statement. It all boils down to technology and its associated applications particularly social media sites like Facebook.
These online sites make it easier to make your own personal yearbook without the limitations imposed by the yearbook committee on what you can post, what you can say, and how to say it. Instead of paying for a traditional high school yearbook in ink and paper, you make a Facebook page where the photos and memories from your high school years can be posted. Your friends can then add their comments, make suggestions and generally make the entire yearbook experience an interactive process.
Plus, social networking sites make it so much easier to maintain your friendships with your high school clique even from across oceans. Your high school yearbook has its limitations in the sense that it does not provide opportunities for such an ongoing interactivity.
With all these benefits on its side, why then is it that yearbooks are still the best repositories of memories from your school years? The answer is multi-faceted.
For one thing, these online sites are constantly growing new layers of interactivity, of applications and of skin, so to speak. You can post a photo and make comments on it today but it can be buried in the myriad of details that online profiles often have in abundance. Think of it as burying the past in a way that de-stresses its importance while also covering up the present.
For another thing, these online sites are controlled by others (i.e., servers and site administrators). You are basically giving others the ultimate control over your do-it-yourself online high school yearbook, which does not bode well for it.
In the end, you will go back to the traditional ink-and-paper high school yearbook. You can continue using social media sites to connect with high school friends and to make your own DIY yearbook but nothing beats the real deal.
Think of it this way: You are connecting to the present with social media networks and archiving the past with your yearbooks. With these two venues, you have almost everything covered in the memories department.
But having your high school yearbook in hand should not be enough either. You must take all the necessary measures to ensure that, indeed, it will survive the test of time and it can be passed on to your children and grandchildren as part of your story. Keep your high school yearbooks in a dry, safe and secure place where you can check on it from time to time – and perhaps, take a walk down memory lane, too.