16 Things That Will Give You Intense Middle School Flashbacks

16 Things That Will Give You Intense Middle School Flashbacks

From Clique Books to No One by Alicia Keys

Time to take a short memory trip back to the era of cringe and side fringe.

1. The Clique Books

2. Uggs (and fake uggs)

You either had Uggs, or you had something similar. I got called out once for not having the real Uggs. Pretty pathetic, but at the time I was mortified.

The best part about this fashion trend? Everyone was constantly tucking their jeans into their boots. The real struggle was when your jeans weren't tight enough, and they bunched up at the top. I'm glad this trend has died and Uggs have become a comfort, lazy day shoe... their true, and rightful place in the fashion world.

3. AIM

The embarrassing screennames. The away messages full of lyrics ("Airplanes" anyone?). Waiting for your crush to log on. Fighting with your parents for time on the computer because we all still had dial-up internet. The inevitable drama.

My friend once got in a fight with a girl in our class because she had the same lyrics in her away message. Apparently that was a deadly AIM sin.

4. Super awkward school dances

I'm not sure which was more awkward, asking people to the dances or actually going with them. It was all about the sacred slow dances back then.

5. Being forced to take gym class

Some people loved it, but I was never one of those people. Being a girl in gym class meant rolling up and tucking in various parts of the uniform to try and look cooler. We never looked cooler. And I'll never forget the semester my teacher failed me in volleyball because I couldn't serve the ball over the net.

6. Learning how to shave

A true right of passage in middle school.

7. An uncomfortable amount of black eyeliner

I wore black eyeliner on my waterline religiously. Every girl seemed to be obsessed with this makeup trend. Fortunately, it's died out quite a bit since then. Putting on eyeliner is great, but tamer colors in moderation is definitely the way to go.

8. Straightening your hair to unflattering precision… and using water to calm flyaways throughout the day.

Why. Did. We. Do. This???

9. Side bangs

Honestly, not the worst if they were cut and styled correctly. This definitely seeped into my high school days as well.

10. That limeade lip gloss from Bath & Body Works that every girl seemed to have for some reason.

I don't know why I vividly remember this, but I do.

11. Those soft chocolate chip cookies that everyone ate at lunch.

And people would stand there and feel up each pack of cookies to see which ones were softest.

12. Silly bandz

This was actually an early high school thing for me, but it kind of fits in with the era.

13. American Idol

I have war flashbacks to the year Jordin Sparks went up against some guy named Blake who beatboxed sometimes. Everyone was really into that season, and had super strong opinions on who the winner should be.

14. No One by Alicia Keys, Bleeding Love by Leonia Lewis, and Apologize by Timbaland feat. OneRepublic

You definitely had your first slow dance to one of these songs.

15. Razor flip phones

16. Shirts that said Hollister, Abercrombie, and Aeropostale

... because everyone HAD to know you shopped there.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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When Was The Last Time You Were Alive?

If you can't post it for everyone to see, was it truly a remarkable moment?


Being alive is an essentially effortless act.

In theory, as long as you're eating food, drinking water, and performing as a human, assuming no major health conditions, most of us are living.

The tragedy I see most often is so very few of us are alive.

Now, I'm not suggesting you drop your textbooks and sprint up a mountain, or go broke trying to find yourself in new activities and events.

That's the illusion pressed onto so many of us. Social Media, more importantly, FOMO, has taught us that in order to truly be alive we need to make sure we travel far and wide, eat gourmet and unique food, and essentially, immerse ourselves in something phenomenal. However, regardless of what you do- don't do it without an audience and the value of your experience will only be justified by the number of likes you accrue on your #bestvacation ever because you #lovenature. With your back to the camera and wispy hair flowing in the beach air, you hit all of your angles, how else will you prove that you're alive to Instagram?

I fell for this too. I spent so much of my life constantly trying to get to the next phase life had to offer. High school was fun, but I was counting the days until graduation. Growing up in a small hometown wasn't awful, but I had sticky note calendars until my next vacation. And day in and day out, events would happen all around me that were just too "normal." I wasn't alive, but I was living.

Setting your soul on fire and truly living is so much more difficult than you could ever expect, but not because you have to drain savings and take along a buddy to snap all the perfect moments.

Choosing to be alive is realizing how important it is to be in this moment or phase in life and accepting it for all its worth. Instead of racing to the finish line or trying to sprint into your next season of assumed happiness, take time to notice all the beautiful and small things that make this moment so important. There is so much life to be found in simple moments.

Semesters are ending, we are all racing to summer. Perhaps in the process, take note of the routine cafeteria worker that constantly smiles at you and says hello. Or perhaps, giggle at the fact that in just a few short weeks that bus driver you see every single morning won't be apart of your morning routine.

The farther I get from what used to be my normal, the more I miss that season of life. I haven't lived in my hometown since I was eighteen, but I miss the simplicity that came with my drives to high school listening to Kanye West and the coziness of a small town opening its doors to start a new day. I never stopped to be alive in those moments, I was just simply living.

Wherever your next phase of life might be, it will always be there. You will always have something else coming. However, once this moment is gone. It's truly gone. Don't waste beautiful views trying to capture just the right picture for Instagram, take in the moment.

Living and experiencing life can be as simple as trusting that you're exactly where you need to be in life. Cherish each moment as you're in it. The next moment is coming whether you're ready or not.

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