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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UC Berkeley chapter.

Unlike the majority of old-school products, disposable cameras continue to be quite common among teenagers and young adults, making them what I would call contemporary vintage.

Items that fall under this oxymoron have a unique appeal. There’s just something incredibly exciting about finally getting your disposable camera pictures developed after weeks of waiting. I mean, who doesn’t love a good, long-awaited surprise in an era defined by instant gratification? Almost no one, which is why I think disposable cameras are still widely used even though we have such high-quality cell phone cameras at our fingertips. 

Kendra Kamp
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Especially in college, I’ve found that the majority of people I know, including myself, have a disposable camera. Although it can be annoying to carry it in my bag or fit it in the back pocket of my jeans, the anticipation of seeing the photos outweighs any hassle. There’s a sort of nostalgic aspect of receiving the pictures and reminiscing over memories long after they’ve passed.

I’ve had my current disposable camera for around two months, and I can’t wait to get the images developed because I honestly don’t remember what most of the photos are. Many of the pictures remind me of moments that I don’t remember off the top of my head, but immediately remember after the cued recall. Since they evoke such a positive emotional response both during and longer after use, disposable cameras are still loved and will continue to be loved into the future.

Jennifer Brown

UC Berkeley '24

Jenny is a sophomore at UC Berkeley, originally from New York City. At the moment, she intends to major in business and minor in math. She loves fashion, being active, and meeting people (Her Instagram is @jenniferr.brown)
Melody A. Chang

UC Berkeley '19

As a senior undergraduate, I seek out all opportunities that expand my horizons, with the aim of developing professionally and deepening my vision of how I can positively impact the world around me. While most of my career aims revolve around healthcare and medicine, I enjoy producing content that is informative, engaging, and motivating.  In the past few years, I have immersed myself in the health field through working at a private surgical clinic, refining my skills as a research assistant in both wet-lab and clinical settings, shadowing surgeons in a hospital abroad, serving different communities with health-oriented nonprofits, and currently, exploring the pharmaceutical industry through an internship in clinical operations.  Career goals aside, I place my whole mind and soul in everything that I pursue whether that be interacting with patients in hospice, consistently improving in fitness PR’s, tutoring children in piano, or engaging my creativity through the arts. Given all the individuals that I have yet to learn from and all the opportunities that I have yet to encounter in this journey, I recognize that I have much room and capacity for growth. Her Campus is a platform that challenges me to consistently engage with my community and to simultaneously cultivate self-expression.