21 Things You Will Recognize If You Were A Kid In The Early 2000s

21 Things You Will Recognize If You Were A Kid In The Early 2000s

Kids today are missing out big time

Technically I'm a 90's kid by eleven months, but since I don't remember much of that, the early 2000's were my prime.

Everyone says millennials missed out on, 'the simple years,' but I believe the era I grew up in, the last one before iPhone's and Facebook, was the, "bomb.com." Do people still say that??

Prepare yourself for a lot of nostalgia and a trip down memory lane...

Silly Bands

They may look like only rubber bands on... But take them off and there is the shape of everything from your favorite food to the letters of your name. Trade deals got pretty serious and when schools banned them, the trend was destroyed.


It looks like a normal sneaker, but at the bottom are hidden wheels just waiting for us all to break an arm or get kicked out of Walmart.

Hair Feathers

If you had rocked a feather in your hair, you were the coolest of the cool. I mean Miley even had picked up on this trend. Let's be real though girls, what we all really wanted to be a small town girl who doubled as a superstar.

Aero Hoodies

You wore them. You had every color and if you were really cool you had the matching sweatpants.

Bobby Jack Shirts

Speaking of clothing, you had all the Bobby Jack t-shirts and you wore that little monkey with great pride.

Polly Pockets

You had the millions of tiny pieces in your collection memorized and you spent every afternoon after school hanging with your dolls in their fancy little fold up beach house and pool.

Game Boys

It's getting real. You definitely had the blue (mine was pink) version but if your parents really loved you then you might have had the one that folded up. And your favorite games were probably Tetris or Super Mario.

Lisa Frank

Lisa Frank school supplies were THE coolest. If your horribly tacky folders and pens matched you had everything in life.


Where all of our Internet addictions began. Your stuffed animal linked to your jumbo family desktop and when you got your turn on it, you played games with your friends and took care of your beloved animal.

Lip Smackers

Makeup was pretty much forbidden but you had every fruity flavor of these roll on tubes of glossy lip balm made you feel like a million bucks.

Bratz Dolls

When you weren't playing with your Polly Pockets or Gameboy, you could be found styling your pre-Kardashian-like dolls with the highest heels and shortest skirts.

Easy Bake

The best cupcakes were made under a single light bulb, duh.

High School Musical

These guys gave you a completely false idea of what high school would look like, minus mean girls like Fabulous Sharpay. Your first love was Troy Bolton and you knew/know every song by heart.

The Jonas Bros

You crushed on one or all three of these bushy headed brothers as well.


If you got the ugliest boy in class to marry, the worst career, living in the worst city and driving the crappiest car, then your future was literally doomed.

Lava Lamp

You had one and it's a wonder you never burnt your house down because those things get hotter than the sun.

Lite Brite

The best Christmas present in the history of ever.

Beanie Babies

The dumbest part was you couldn't remove the tags or your mother had the right to possibly kill you. Who keeps the tag on, Martha???

Portable CD Player

What life looked like before apple took over.

Old Disney Channel

Remember the awesome colorful wand and that catchy little beat? And Kim Possible, That's So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, The Proud Family, Suite Life, Even Stevens, Phil of the Future, Brandy, Life with Derek, and Hannah Montana? Disney will never have shows this good again.

The Razor

The rise of 'cool' cell phones all began here. I never had one and I'm still bitter.

Feeling nostalgic yet? I think our childhood was the best and I'm so happy to be apart of the last generation that grew up knowing a life without iPhone's and Facebook.

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Success Is Great, But Failure Is Better

Fail and fail often.

Don’t let success get to your head, but don’t let failure get to your heart. Know that things don’t always work out as planned, and that is OK!

For many millennials, it’s easiest to just give up when something doesn’t go your way. But take heart. Success is great, but failure is better. The reality is, you’re going to fail... a lot.

Failure does not mean your idea was not good or that your dream isn’t valid.

Failure means you have more to learn.

Failure is GOOD.

It shows you that you did something wrong and that you need to take a redirection. It’s an opportunity to come back stronger with a better attack plan. It’s a second chance.

Having failed many times in my life, there’s one thing for sure: failing sucks. It sucks being disappointed. It sucks not succeeding on the first try. However, you can learn to become a good failure.

Failing is inevitable, which is why it is important to learn from our mistakes. You’ll learn more from a single failure than a lifetime of success. Here’s what you can do when you mess up: accept what you can’t change, keep an open mind, maintain a positive attitude, and know that nothing will be perfect.

When I was a sophomore in high school, I was on an engineering team at my school. I was extremely confident in our abilities as a team, so when we didn’t advance to the world finals, I was devastated. The next year, however, my team placed second at the national competition, and we advanced to the world finals. If I had allowed that initial failure to consume me, I wouldn’t have been successful the next year.

It was not easy to advance to the world finals, but because I took my previous failure as a learning opportunity, my team succeeded. I knew I couldn’t change the past, so I didn’t focus on it. I kept an open mind about the competition and did not allow my bitterness to harden me, thus maintaining a positive attitude. My team wasn’t perfect, and I knew that. But I knew if we worked hard, we would succeed. We did.

Every failure is feedback on how to improve. Nothing works unless you do, and nothing works exactly the way you want it to. Failure is life’s greatest teacher; it’s nothing to be scared of. If we are so focused on not failing, we will never succeed.

So fail, and fail often.

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7 Things English Majors Go Through

Yes, I'm an English major. No, I'm not throwing away my education.

I love being an English major.

And no -- I'm not lying.

While I do advocate for womxn in tech and the rise of STEM majors, my heart belongs to the humanities and more importantly: English Literature.

Here are some of the things as an English Major that I have experienced:

1. So... Do you wanna be a teacher?

As an English Major, my sole purpose of getting my degree is not to just become a teacher. I also want to be a writer. Get it right. I also want to be a teacher, though, so...

2. Writer's Block

Writer's block = hell unleashed. My brain is my most valued. My heart, too, but my brain is what helps me actually write my essays and poems. When my brain isn't working, I'm not working, and with those two not working -- I'm not getting anything done.

3. Having Friends Ask You To Edit Their Papers

My mood 24/7 when people ask me to edit their papers. I'm working on my own, leave me alone. Seriously though, I know I'm an English major, but there's a reason why office hours were created -- but if you REALLY need my editing/revising, pay up.

4. Reading "Whatever" Literature

There are some great works that I love reading (Frankenstein, Great Expectations, Dr. J & Mr. H, etc). But if I'm forced to read another book that EVERYONE has "read" and ends with the classic patriarchal ending -- I'd rather not. Give me some more Mary Shelley, please.

5. Reading AMAZING Literature

OK BUT WHEN THE CLASS READS SOMETHING LIKE MRS. DALLOWAY -- I AM SO HAPPY (I love you, V.W). But, honestly, I love most literature (especially classics). It's only with very few works that I'm upset with reading. (50 Shades of Grey? Blegh.)

6. Getting Trash-Talked About Your Major

OkAy, SuSaN, I get that you're happy with being in the business school, but frankly I don't care, so don't worry about me or my major. We, English majors, get trash-talked about our majors. Back in the day, our major was considered noble and great -- and now it's considered as "throwing away our education".

7. Knowing that We Chose the Right Major

In my experience in college so far, I've met very few -- actually no one who has changed their major from English Lit/CRTWRT. (Disclaimer: I'm sure there are some?) But those of us who stayed with this major know that we chose the right path for ourselves. While our friends in STEM, Business, etc. are "having fun" with their path, we get to read our favorite works, write, and appreciate the arts. So... who's the real winner? ;)

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