With schools opening across the country, every day another fresh-faced horde of students are starting the inimitable experience of "being a freshman." Their year of birth? Most likely 1999. While it is terrifying that children the same age as "10 Things I Hate About You" are taking over the old stomping grounds, we do feel obligated to point out that they really missed out. High school students in 1999 had it better. Way better. Smashmouth better. (On second thought, nostalgia aside, let's sign a collective agreement to ban the playing of "All Star" forever.) 1999 was a great year for high school, a great year for humanity and a great year for frosted tipped hair. We're really sorry all you Class of 2017ers missed it.
Showing someone your CD binder will always be way more impressive than showing them your iTunes collection.
You learned creative problem solving skills from your experiences trying to get zip drives to save your homework.
Teachers weren't on the lookout for texting, leaving you free to play Tetris on your TI-83 without being caught.
Your perception of the future was everything "Friends" and Blink 182's "What's My Age Again" had taught you.