I think that’s how my grandpa would’ve started a list of memories since he went to Wasatch High School Part I. I attended WHS-II, so I too can say “them days” with reckless abandon. To the students of WHS-III: I’m expecting more from you.
Congrats to my alma mater on progressing from this:
Fall always makes me feel like I’m starting school again, but maybe that’s because I work on the same college campus I used to attend. I participate in all the back-to-school sales. I fight the crazy parking situation with the best of them.
But deep down I know I’m too old to be a student anymore, even if SBOs try to get me to vote, because I think at least five times a day, “Look at what the kids are wearing these days!”
When I realized today that half my own college memories are totally foreign to me now, I felt even older. Here are a few:
1.) Spending much time in the library looking at actual books because Google had not scanned them yet, and teachers would not allow more than one online resource to be cited in a paper. That capricious Internet could not be trusted.
2.) Standing in line at kiosks to send quick e-mails. I was still enamored with the fact that sending e-mail was FREE now. Back home, the closest dial-up number was long-distance.
3.) Walking around campus silently, not looking anyone in the eye or smiling or talking, because BYU was like mini New York City, only clean. Now everyone smiles and talks and laughs nonstop—to their cell phones.
4.) Staring at my roommate’s iMac (year 2000 variety) and having a complete breakdown because I could not write the last paper of my college career because I could not access the two books I needed because BYU didn’t have them and Orem Library wouldn’t let me use them since I was a student and not an Orem resident and I was so screwed and it was too late to sign up for a new topic and if I flunked the final paper I would not graduate.
Does anyone remember a time when you literally could NOT get the book you needed? There was no such thing as Amazon or eBay back in them days.
(And do not tell me Amazon has been around since 1995. The Internet wasn’t even invented until, like, 2004.)
Now that we’ve come so far, what I want to know is when are they going to invent something where I can load all my music onto a miniature device and listen to 24-hour playlists through teeny tiny headphones?