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14 Things That’ll Immediately Take You Back to Middle School

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 24, you probably remember middle school as a horrible wasteland full of “Yo Mamma” jokes and Axe Body Spray. Everybody hated each other and you never knew if either Abercrombie & Fitch, Aéropostale, or Hollister was the ~in~ look that season. Even if you have some positive memories associated with that place, there’s not a person in the world who wants to relive the seventh grade. But, for some reason, we might feel a twang of nostalgia every now and again. So here’s a list of 14 things that’ll certainly spark that stroll down memory lane.

1. Silly Bandz

Remember when CNN claimed it was the new way to flirt?

2. Axe Body Spray

Life is all about portion control. And apparently, the boys in middle school had yet to learn about subtlety.

3. The ‘S’

Everybody you’ve ever known has drawn one of these before. Everyone. It even has its own Wikipedia page.

4. Scene Kids

If you weren’t one, you were definitely BFFs with one for a spell (or you were at least tagged in one of their RrRaaaWrR xD posts).

5. Side Bangs

It was all the rage after Selena Gomez showed off her straightened layers with a side bang back in 2007.

6. Tween Magazines

How else were you supposed to find out which Jonas brother would take you on a summer date or how Taylor got that perfect beach-hair look?

7. Nintendo DS

And our worlds were forever changed the day we found out that the “DS” stood for “dual screen.”

8. The Care & Keeping of You

How else were we supposed to learn about that kind of stuff?

9. Taking these kinds of pictures

Which you would post to your Facebook wall and tag every single person you were with. But if you accidentally forgot somebody, that friendship was OVER.

10. These erasers

That actually did their job well – that is until you decided to jam your pencil through it and spin it like a party favor.

11. Omegle

It was every sleepover’s favorite pastime.

12. Girls who hugged their friend in the hall on the way to class

Every. Single. Day.

13. Boy Bands

There was some unspoken bond between fans of certain bands – and a hatred toward all others who disagreed.

14. The Duck Song

And he waddled away…

Jane Eckles

Carthage '19

Jane graduated from Carthage College in May 2019 with a degree in English and Secondary Education. She is from Merced, California, which is close enough to San Fransisco for her to confirm that the City by the Bay is her absolute favorite. When she's not teaching or writing articles, she can be found collecting any book she can get her hands on, watching Netflix, staring mindlessly into the void, or napping.
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