The mid-90’s were great. We were coming out of the era of the big bangs and poofy hair. Plaid, baggy clothes, and Doc Martens were in fashion. And who didn’t love the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?
What else seemed to be “the thing” in the 90’s? Personal Computers. Although not as portable as we have today, you were lucky if you had a computer in your dorm room to work on your papers. For many of us we had to wait for a computer to free up in the computer lab. Then there was the dance with your box of floppy disks hoping that not only did you remember to save your work but also is it going to screw up when you try to print.
I felt like I’ve lost more papers than written them due to floppy disk failures!
The computer lab was also the primary place to check email. As a 90’s kid in college, my first email address was like everyone else, usually some form of a mascot or favorite sport. In college, I got a more “professional” email address which was my firstname.lastname@example.org. In between classes or at the end of the day, you would trek over to the computer lab to work on your paper and check your email for news from home, or if your friends on campus were planning anything for the weekend.
Yes, this was before anyone really had a phone or text message. If you wanted to get people together or know what’s going on, it came through a little green screen dot matrix computer in the boring text (no gifs, emojis, or images). Through email, we communicated with professors, planned trips, parties, and occasionally got the “it’s not you, it’s me” email from someone we were dating.
While in college, this was the first time I really built a list of friends that I communicated with regularly. I would send out words of encouragement, funny quotes, or things that just puzzled me that I found funny. Like anything else, it started out slow with no real reason or rhyme as to why I’m sending these out, but slowly, I learned a few things that I think are still as relevant now as they were in the 90’s.