45 Pics of Celebrities Hanging Out With Their Younger Selves, Show How Aging Changes Even the Stars

We Can’t Believe How Much They’ve Changed Over the Years

We’ve gotten used to seeing these famous faces constantly, but we don’t often look back to what they were like at the start of their career. Thanks to the internet, though, we can see these A-listers hanging out with their younger selves. Let’s take a look at where they started and how far they’ve come with these awesome pics!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Although nowadays he’s known as one of the most wholesome and busiest actors in Hollywood (just take a look at how many movies he’s starring in the next year), he didn’t start out as part of the glitz and glam of Tinseltown.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Known by his stage name, “Rocky Maivia” (a combination of his father’s and grandfather’s wrestling names), Johnson began wrestling in 1996. He was critical to the creation and success of the World Wrestling Federation, aka WWF. Although his acting has taken center stage, he does still compete.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson

Everyone that grew up in the ‘90s and early 2000s learned of Mary-Kate and Ashley when they began playing the adorable Michelle Tanner in Full House. From there, their resumes only got more impressive with time.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson

Their last role as part of their acting empire, however, was in New York Minute in 2004. Since then, they’ve left the acting world but not the world of glamor — they’ve created a lucrative fashion brand and now spend their time managing it.

James Van Der Beek

Seeing Dawson Leery next to James Van Der Beek is making us remember exactly why we had a huge crush on him back when Dawson’s Creek was airing in 1998, and James was 19.

James Van Der Beek

It also totally shows us why we still love him. Just look at that charming smirk! Of course, he’s still acting; his latest roles include Matt Bromley in Pose and Grant in the comedy horror film Bad Hair.

Beyoncé

It was clear very early on that Beyoncé was going to be a star — from a young age, she participated in (and won) several singing and dancing competitions. Her more serious break came when the singing group she had joined, Girl’s Tyme, morphed into Destiny’s Child.

Beyoncé

From there, we all know Beyoncé’s meteoric rise to fame. After all, who can forget such hits as “Survivor”, “Bootylicious”, and”Crazy in Love” (which was also her first number-one single)? Do we really need to explain how Queen Bey is still proving what an immense talent she is to this day?

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was probably the cutest child star of the ‘90s. He first got attention at the age of four when a talent scout signed him and got him in commercials. His first major appearances on the silver screen were as a young Forrest Gump, and, more importantly, as Cole in The Sixth Sense.

Haley Joel Osment

From there, the huge roles just kept coming. While his projects since hitting his late teens have slightly dwindled, Osment is still acting both on TV and in films. He’s also been the voice behind the beloved Sora in the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise.

Cher

Cherilyn Srakisian’s journey toward becoming the Goddess of Pop began with a cute little number called “I Got You Babe” — which shot Sonny & Cher straight into fame. At the same time, she also established herself as an impressive solo act.

Cher

Cher has since become an incredible musical icon, conquering every stage and every entertainment industry she could think of. Even after over 60 years of making music, this powerhouse doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Paula Abdul

She might be known nowadays as a talented choreographer, actress, singer, and dancer (and as one of the iconic original judges on American Idol), but Paula Abdul actually began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Paula Abdul

Interestingly, the Jacksons saw her cheering and gave her a chance to choreograph several music videos for them. From there, she slowly transitioned into creating her own music. Her career since then has been filled with music and dance.

Ralph Macchio

Wax on, wax off — polish your eyes and take a look at the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio. Macchio began professionally acting at age 16, with his first role being Jeremy Andretti in Eight Is Enough.

Ralph Macchio

Of course, his major break came when he played underdog Daniel in The Karate Kid, a role he has reprised many times over the years — including, most recently, in the sequel series Cobra Kai.

Madonna

At the young age of 20, Madonna dropped out of college and moved to New York City with $35 in her pocket to try to make it big as a modern dancer. For quite a few years, she picked up odd jobs while pursuing her career in music.

Madonna

In 1982, she released several singles that garnered enough attention to propel her forward, all the way to “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” stardom. The rest, as they say, is history. The Queen of Pop continues to make headlines and albums to this day.

Dolly Parton

It’s impossible not to fall in love with the sweet smile and immense talent that is Dolly Parton. Before becoming a worldwide sensation, though, Dolly was just a humble songwriter for others. She finally became known for her singing talent with the debut of her first album, Hello, I’m Dolly.

Dolly Parton

After winning the hearts of every country music lover out there, Dolly branched out to other genres, also becoming a pop sensation. Her latest work includes a rock album, which she started working on after getting nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Kate Moss

Beautiful British model Kate Moss began her career in 1988 when she was just 14. She was spotted by Sarah Doukas at the airport in New York after returning from a holiday in the Bahamas. Moss became known for her “grunge” look.

Kate Moss

Beyond becoming a renowned model over the years, Moss has also gone into fashion design, creating several collections with Topshop. In 2016, she founded her own agency, KMA (Kate Moss Agency), signing on Rita Ora and Esmé Creed-Miles, among others, as clients.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Looking at a young Leonardo DiCaprio sure takes us back. He first began appearing in commercials at age 14, soon gaining his first role in The Outsiders. We do, of course, have to mention the incredible star status he gained as a teen heartthrob in the late ‘90s with Romeo + Juliet and the massive success of Titanic.

Leonardo DiCaprio

From there, it’s been a pretty steady rise for Leo, as he’s still a huge star. Even so, nowadays, it seems like people are more concerned with his dramatic love life than with his up-and-coming films.

Elton John

With his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour underway, what a time to talk about the incredible career of the amazingly talented and iconic Elton John. John began performing at age 15 at a local pub.

Elton John

His real career, however, began when he met his longtime musical partner, Bernie Taupin, in 1967. The duo has since created the musical talent that is Elton John together. Of course, it’s impossible to sum up his decades-long career, so, let’s just say that it’s still going strong.

Lionel Richie

He’s once… twice… three times a massively talented singer! It’s Lionel Richie, everyone! And can we just say that this Motown wonder has aged so well? This is one handsome 70-something-year-old that we’d love to be serenaded by.

Lionel Richie

After all, he was one of the most successful balladeers of the ‘80s — and for good reason. His solo career might have begun in 1982 with his album Lionel Richie, but those sweet dulcet vocals are still going strong today.

Tom Hanks

While we might most fondly think of Tom Hanks (beyond his wholesome self) as a serious dramatic actor, he actually got a start with a series of comedy films that got some pretty good reviews.

Tom Hanks

While Splash and Big did wonders for his career, his true shot to stardom came with the iconic Forrest Gump. Hanks has since only reached higher with his many amazing films and truly unforgettable roles.

Richard Gere

Although he began his career with a starring role on Days of Heaven, Richard Gere rose to prominence thanks to American Gigolo. This transformed him into one of Hollywood’s favorite heartthrobs.

Richard Gere

That’s probably why he got his role in Pretty Woman. He also found himself playing the suave Billy Flynn in Chicago. He’s still acting while also working on his musical talent.

Robbie Williams

Can we just take a moment to swoon over 16-year-old Robbie Williams in his early Take That days? Unfortunately, the young star had quite a few difficulties with illicit substances during those days, and he left the group in 1995.

Robbie Williams

Lucky for us, he kept making his own music and even made his return to the group in 2006. He has received 18 Brit Awards, alongside tons of other music awards worldwide — he definitely does Take the Crown.

Matt LeBlanc

How you doin’, Matt LeBlanc? ‘Cause you’re looking like you’re doing just fine! He may be older and somewhat rounder these days, but we’re definitely hoping that today’s Matt is a lot wiser than his younger character of Joey Tribbiani.

Matt LeBlanc

While Joey might be his most known character, LeBlanc’s career actually started quite a few years before his Friends fame. In fact, his first appearance was in a Heinz Ketchup commercial way back in 1987. Of course, he’s still acting, although he hasn’t yet found a TV role since his show Man With a Plan was canceled in 2020.

Britney Spears

By now, we all know what an incredible struggle and journey Britney Spears has undergone in order to gain back her independence and return to the industry… on her terms. So, we really couldn’t care less that she doesn’t look 20 anymore.

Britney Spears

The 41-year-old singer has been spending her time working on her book and on her family with Sam Asghari. We can only hope, however, to soon hear that ‘Oops!… She did it again’ and returned to making music.

Clint Eastwood

He might have been the man with no name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, but we definitely know Clint Eastwood’s name. This Spaghetti Westerns veteran has, since his time in the Wild West, also graduated to directing many films.

Clint Eastwood

Apparently, his dating history is just as action-filled as his films. Over the years, he’s been connected to many women, eventually fathering at least eight children with six different women. He refuses to confirm exactly how many children he has.

Bruce Springsteen

Thanks to great musicians like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen became interested in creating his own music at a young age. He got his first guitar in 1964 and soon after joined a band and started performing.

Bruce Springsteen

From there, it was nearly a decade of playing with different bands, honing his skills and musical taste. In 1972, he formed a new band, which eventually became the E Street Band. The band still plays with Springsteen to this day.

Emma Watson

Who would have thought that the perfectionist and loyal Gryffindor would grow up to be the fierce and impressive Emma Watson? Okay, yeah, basically everyone. Clearly, Hermione Granger was made to be played by Watson.

Emma Watson

Although she hasn’t acted as much in recent years (with the notable exceptions of Beauty and the Beast and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women), Emma is just as outspoken, nowadays taking her activism into board meetings instead of the red carpet.

Mel Gibson

This international star was often compared to the likes of Steve McQueen, Clark Gable, and Humphrey Bogart in his early years, and we can totally see why. Although his citizenship only included the US and Ireland, thanks to a move in his teen years to Australia, that was where he began his career.

Mel Gibson

His initial movies (like the Mad Max films), cemented Mel Gibson as an action star. However, as he built his skill, people soon learned that he had a talent in other genres as well. In recent years, due to certain statements made by the actor, he hasn’t been as much in the limelight.

Harrison Ford

When it comes to movie roles, Harrison Ford certainly has a type (and we absolutely love it) — a wise-cracking, heart-of-gold criminal. Because how else do you explain the fact that Indiana Jones and Han Solo are so much alike?! Seriously, it took us a moment to recognize which one he was dressed up as in this pic.

Harrison Ford

Beyond his acting career, which is still thriving (with Indiana Jones 5 out this year), Ford also has quite a few other interests. This includes a pilot’s license, which he’s even used to help the local authorities in Wyoming with a rescue! Now, that’s a true action hero!

Jerry Seinfeld

Like many comedians, Jerry Seinfeld began his career appearing in open-mic nights at different improv clubs. Only, he got really lucky when in 1976, he appeared in an open mic at Catch a Rising Star — which led to him appearing on a televised comedy special!

Jerry Seinfeld

After becoming a late show favorite guest, Jerry finally created Seinfeld in 1988 alongside Larry David. Amazingly, for a show about nothing, it quickly became the most-watched sitcom on TV and Jerry has been a household name ever since.

Will Smith

Everybody, put your hands together for the one, the only Fresh Prince! But before we saw him on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith was using the same nickname to create his musical career as an MC and rapper.

Will Smith

He’s since proven that beyond musical and comedic talent, Will Smith could also move us to tears or make us hold our breath in anticipation in his more action-oriented films. Unfortunately, due to his televised slap, his career seems to have been put on a bit of a hold recently.

Sylvester Stallone

“Yo, Adrian!” shouts Rocky Balboa, but we want to give a shout-out to the great actor behind the hit franchise — Sylvester Stallone! Under the stage name Mike Stallone, Sylvester began his career in 1969. He changed his stage name again just a year later, finally going back to his real name only a few years into his career.

Sylvester Stallone

Did you know that his first starring role was actually in a soft adult film? This was obviously before the success of Rocky when he was strapped for cash. Of course, nowadays, he’s far from destitute and is enjoying his hard-earned career success.

Tom Selleck

Say hello to this glorious mustache. The young Tom Selleck definitely stole our hearts in 1980 when he starred as the clever private eye in Magnum, P.I. But, his career didn’t stop there.

Tom Selleck

He’s been winning us over again and again. Since 2010, he’s been doing so as the head of a family of police officers in the long-running Blue Bloods. In recent years he’s also begun singing — appearing on Nicolas King’s album Act One.

Phil Collins

We “Can’t Stop Loving You”, Phil Collins! From the moment he began sharing his musical talent with the world, we were hooked. Genesis was his big break, but did you know that he actually had a bit of an acting career before getting into music? That clearly didn’t take.

Phil Collins

Of course, many of us in the younger generations first got to know him through his incredible work on the Tarzan soundtrack (which he also recorded himself in several other languages). You’ll always be in our hearts, Phil!

Jennifer Aniston

She’s made such a name for herself over the years that it’s hard to consider her a nepo baby, but Jennifer Aniston actually is the daughter of two actors. Of course, over the course of her amazing career, she’s created her own legacy.

Jennifer Aniston

Her big break, as we all know, came as Rachel Green in Friends when she inspired a generation of young women. She’s since only grown, honing her dramatic acting chops alongside her comedic timing.

Lady Gaga

Mother Monster is in the house! With this pic, it’s basically impossible to tell which is the younger version of Lady Gaga. In any case, we know for a fact that the bullies who used to tell Stefani Joanne Angelia Germanotta that she’ll never be famous have been eating their words for years.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga isn’t just an incredibly talented musician and singer (though she most definitely is that); she’s proven in recent years that she’s just as great at acting. She now moves back and forth between her two passions, and we can’t wait to see her blend them in the new Joker film.

Christina Applegate

Let’s come clean — we all had a crush on Christina Applegate as Kelly Bundy on Married… With Children. There was just something about the beautiful and ditzy character, played by this talented actress, that had us hooked.

Christina Applegate

Applegate has only gotten better since, taking on more complex roles that really showcase her incredible talent. Seriously, her latest role in Dead to Me is absolutely incredible! Sadly, due to her diagnosis of MS, it looks like she’ll be putting her acting career on pause.

Henry Winkler

His father might have sold wood, but the “only wood” Henry Winkler “was interested in was Hollywood,” according to the cheeky comedian and actor. He began his career straight out of the Yale School of Drama as a stage actor.

Henry Winkler

His breakthrough came when he got the role of Fonzie on Happy Days. Apparently, he was told he got the job on his birthday! While “The Fonz” might be timeless, younger audiences probably know him better from his roles on Arrested Development or Barry.

Steven Spielberg

You might be tempted to think that Steven Spielberg’s glorious career began with the masterpiece Jaws in 1975, but he actually spent years before that trying to break into the world of directing.

Steven Spielberg

Of course, nowadays, he’s known for his genius directing, having been responsible for some of the most enjoyable and profitable films of all time. His most personal work, semi-autobiographical The Fabelmans, recently hit theaters to rave reviews.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp actually began his rise to fame as a musician when he left school at 16 to pursue his rock dreams. It was only at 20, after meeting Nicolas Cage, that he decided to give acting a shot. He became a teen heartthrob when he landed his first big role on 21 Jump Street.

Johnny Depp

However, he didn’t love the commercial aspect of the role and sought more independent and interesting projects. His role in Edward Scissorhands began a lifelong collaboration with Tim Burton, which is still going strong.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro worked in Hollywood for a decade in all sorts of small roles before he got his big break in 1973, when he played a mobster in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets. His nuanced acting was apparently perfect for criminal roles, as he was soon cast as Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II.

Robert De Niro

Thanks to his many collaborations with Scorsese, De Niro rose quickly from there, marked as an impressively diverse actor. He might not be super handsome, but there’s quite a bit of charm in every character that De Niro plays.

Courteney Cox

Did you know that before beginning her illustrious acting career, Courteney Cox actually worked for the video game company Bethesda Softworks? Well, soon after that, she began acting in all sorts of projects. She finally landed her breakout role in Friends.

Courteney Cox

While we definitely associate her with Monica Geller, Cox was also recognized at the time as one of the biggest horror actresses with her role in the Scream franchise. Of course, she’s still acting, even returning to set to film the sixth Scream film recently.

Rob Lowe

We might think of him nowadays as the suave and funny aged actor that he is, but Rob Lowe was actually technically a child actor, beginning his career at age 12. His breakout role was in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders.

Rob Lowe

He later gained even more fame as Sam Seaborn on the fan-favorite The West Wing. Lowe’s career has only risen to new heights since, and we have to say, he’s just as crush-worthy now as he was in his younger years.

George Clooney

Mr. Silver Fox himself, George Clooney, has only gotten better with age — although he’s always been a heartthrob. His career first began in 1978 when he played an extra on Centennial. But, it wasn’t until 1994 that he landed his first real break in ER.

George Clooney

During his time on the show, he also began appearing in films — showcasing his versatility by starring in comedy, action, and romantic movies. He’s still enjoying that same diversity of roles nowadays as he jumps from project to project, leaving his foxy mark on all of them.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney met John Lennon when he was only 15 years old, and was soon invited to join his band, the Quarrymen. They quickly invited McCartney’s school friend George Harrison to also play with them, and soon after, they became The Beatles.

Paul McCartney

Look, we’re not going to get into Beatlemania, but McCartney was right in the thick of it. Of course, after the band broke up, McCartney created his own solo career, where he’s done extremely well for himself to this day.

Julia Roberts

Then and now, it doesn’t matter — Julia Roberts will forever be our Pretty Woman. But she’s not just an incredibly beautiful person; she’s also an amazingly talented actress that has made us laugh and cry many times over the years.

Julia Roberts

With Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, and Pretty Woman, Roberts quickly established herself as an A-list leading lady, and she’s kept up that level of success since. She keeps appearing in endlessly diverse roles that make us fall in love with her over and over again.

Drew Barrymore

Let’s take a look at one of our favorite child-actors-turned-acting-adults ever — the fabulous and charming Drew Barrymore. Her breakout role was, of course, as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Due to her fame, though, her teenhood was quite complicated.

We Can’t Believe How Much They’ve Changed Over the Years

However, she managed to make it out the other side with her career fairly intact as she became a favorite rom-com and chick-flick actress. Her latest venture has been her talk show, which has quickly become a wholesome must-watch.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt tried to make it big in Hollywood for quite a few years before he was finally noticed when he played a supporting role in Thelma & Louise. He then really broke out thanks to his role as Paul Maclean in A River Runs Through It.

Brad Pitt

It was finally Interview With the Vampire that truly cemented his place in Hollywood. He’s since had an incredibly diverse career thanks to his talent for making each of his characters unique.

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper began writing and playing songs when she was just 12, thanks to a guitar that was given to her by her sister. This girl definitely wanted more than just to have fun — in her early singing days with the band Blue Angel, she refused any contract that wouldn’t include the band.

Cyndi Lauper

She’s since, “Time After Time”, made us dance with her amazing songs. But, she isn’t just a musical sensation. Did you know that she also acts on occasion, even having a recurring role as a psychic on Bones?

Rick Astley

We’re “Never Gonna Give You Up”, Rick Astley! After all, how could we ever let down the internet’s favorite memeable musician? His most famous song was also his debut solo song, and it shot him to the top of the charts.

Rick Astley

Amazingly, Astley decided to retire from music in 1994 to raise his daughter. He returned only in the late 2000s but has since slowly risen back to fame. Of course, he’s become an inescapable part of pop culture in recent years thanks to Rickrolling.

40+ Hilarious Posts That’ll Bring You Back to Your High School Days

40+ Hilarious Posts That’ll Bring You Back to Your High School Days

High school was a different experience for everyone, and yet, there are some things that are almost universally nostalgic about that time in our lives. From the shared experience of always having “that one kid” in class to everyone making a beeline for the door as soon as the bell rings, these hilarious tweets will reveal that high school today is just like it was back then.

The Original Smart Board

Smart boards are pretty common nowadays, but we didn’t always have such nice things! In fact, a lot of us had to deal with the old school projectors, which really don’t compare.

The Original Smart Board

But hey, it was the best that was available at the time, so there was nothing to be done. And you know, you can’t make funny shadow puppets on a smart board, so maybe we do have one superior thing to be proud of in that regard.

Riding in Style

OK, so maybe this is just more of a school thing in general, as opposed to high school. And honestly, a lot of high schoolers probably thought they were too old to ride these things around. Well, those students were missing out on the childlike joy of it all.

Riding in Style

Nothing beats scooting around on… whatever these things were supposed to be. We’re not actually sure what their intended purpose was, honestly.

Come See Our Show

High school has plenty of cliques, one of which happens to be the theater kids. You know, those Shakespeare enthusiasts that manage to work their upcoming play into every conversation somehow.

Come See Our Show

We don’t want to outright call them annoying, but you have to admit, it did get on your nerves sometimes… didn’t it? Well, in a world with much more popular forms of entertainment, we suppose they can be forgiven for being so determined to advertise.

The Reunion No One Wants

On the surface, a high school reunion might sound like a lot of fun. But, when you remember that you probably didn’t like everyone in your grade, and a lot of them have likely gone on to do things you don’t really care about, it’s hard to feel that it’s worth it.

The Reunion No One Wants

And honestly, if you’d have to spend the whole time lying through your teeth, it would be better to just not go in the first place, right?

To Each Their Own

How a student feels about high school usually has a lot to do with what grade they’re in. It seems like no matter what era you went to school in, the freshmen are the starry-eyed, naïve kids — and the seniors are almost about to keel over with thinly-veiled depression.

To Each Their Own

Whether it was 30 years ago or today, these sentiments are pretty much universal. You’ll find students in every corner of the world that feel this way.

Never Doing That Again

Most memories of high school are good ones, or at least amusing ones. But, for many of us, remembering the one day a week we had to run a mile in gym class is painful. Ironically, high school may have been when many of us were in the best shape of our lives.

Never Doing That Again

While that’s a good thing, there’s no denying that most of us would balk at running a timed mile today. Even if we could do it, it’s hard to want to.

What You Used to Be

People can change over time, and especially between being a teenager and an adult. However, it can be a little difficult to forget the way people treated you in the past, can’t it? It’s extremely weird when people who were terrible in high school go into caretaker fields.

What You Used to Be

Hey, maybe they’ve changed since then, but we can’t really blame anyone for still giving such people the evil eye. Your actions speak for years after you do them, you know?

How to Be Popular

For many of us, the most important thing in high school was to be as popular as possible. Unfortunately, it always seemed like someone knew a secret to it that the rest of us just couldn’t figure out, and we all wanted to know what they knew.

How to Be Popular

That said, perhaps interviewing them in an uncomfortable manner isn’t the absolute best way to go about it. Well, we suppose it could be worse. Still, what an odd thing to do…

Those Theater Kids

Theater kids were always a different breed compared to the rest of the student body. They seemed to have tireless amounts of energy that couldn’t be matched by anyone. Even weirder, they could be that energetic at the break of dawn.

Those Theater Kids

Whether it was super coffee or some mysterious caffeine drink we’ll never know the name of, most all of us can remember that one theater kid who was just a little too excitable.

Inaccurate Party Tales

Lots of movies present high school students in very unrealistic ways, and this extends to the types of parties said students allegedly went to as well. Needless to say, most of us didn’t get a chance to party in a mansion during those years.

Inaccurate Party Tales

Yep, high school parties were usually pretty tame affairs overall. Heck, some of us didn’t even have parties at all. It just goes to show that movies really are unrealistic.

The Celebrity Prom

For some people, high school prom truly was a very big deal. For others, we just didn’t care. And for some, a celebrity elected to show up from time to time. Yeah, that part is a little weird — and definitely not a common experience.

The Celebrity Prom

But, it did happen from time to time, and we have to ask ourselves why. What kind of celebrity would willingly go back to something like that?

Bribery at Its Best

Bribery is generally perceived as a bad thing, but in high school, sometimes you just had to stoop to that level. It was usually called for when you had forgotten to do something important for a teacher.

Bribery at Its Best

Of course, the best way to make it happen usually involves sweets. Those teachers should be glad — in a way, they not only taught some students an educational subject, but they even taught them some baking skills!

The Bell Dismisses

Despite that one teacher that was always adamant about who dismissed the class, we all know that the bell had the final word in all situations. When the bell rang, it was time to go, period.

The Bell Dismisses

Some students got a little rowdier about their exit than others, but we all celebrated the sweet release in one way or another.

That’s How I’m Doing

A lot of us made silly mistakes in high school. However, only a few of us made a mistake as serious as misreading the entire subject that we were supposed to write about in a paper. Still, a lot of us did just that.

That’s How I’m Doing

This student was lucky enough to have a cool teacher who at least acknowledged the good job they did, even if they were talking about the completely wrong subject.

Hitting a Word Count

Unfortunately, a lot of essays in high school had an arbitrary word count that dictated how much we had to write on a subject. Even more unfortunate, most of us weren’t that good at writing so much content. So, the old faithful adjectives always came out to play.

Hitting a Word Count

After all, there’s no rule against it, right? A teacher might get a little peeved, but they were the ones who added an arbitrary word limit to worry about in the first place.

The Same in Both Areas

Not all of us have memories of online classes, since this is a high school phenomenon that was mostly limited to recent years. Still, we can all understand the overwhelming drive to sleep in class and not really do anything outside of that.

The Same in Both Areas

Be it in person or online, morning classes were tough for the best of us — and you really can’t blame anyone for preferring a nap over learning at a time like that.

The Dark Side

Whenever the teacher made copies of a document, it always came out looking a lot different than the original that they had. We’re not entirely sure why that’s the case, but this meme really does encapsulate the big difference.

The Dark Side

Why were they always so dark? Why were they so hard to read? What was with the quality of those printers? Or was it an issue with the ink? We may never truly know.

Not an Indicator of Success

Some teachers in high school treated attendance like some sacred relic that was absolutely mandatory if you ever wanted to get anywhere in life. Those teachers were mostly exaggerating for no real reason.

Not an Indicator of Success

Needless to say, perfect attendance meant nothing about the way your life would go. Case in point, a lot of people who had perfect attendance records didn’t end up doing anything particularly special with them. It’s a little sad, really.

Who Remembers?

Is it just us, or did every high school have walls with this pattern on them? Can’t everyone remember running their finger along these strange cracks to amuse themselves? We certainly remember doing it all the time.

Who Remembers?

Really, this isn’t even limited to just high school. It feels like every school at every level had these strange wall patterns. Is that true, or is it just a misconception?

It Hits Different

For those of us who rode a school bus to get where we were going, we can all remember the sensation of resting our heads against the cool window. It felt great, and was even kind of relaxing when you were on your way to an unexciting school day.

It Hits Different

We can say with certainty that almost everyone did this — which, in hindsight, means those windows were probably kind of gross. Oh well.

I Can Fix Him

When the teacher flipped the script and moved the students around in their chairs, things always got a little interesting. For some of us, it meant being put next to people that were the total opposite of us.

I Can Fix Him

In some ways, this helped us expand our horizons. In other ways, it was probably a detriment to us. At least this girl seems aware of what these types of situations did to her.

Already Behind Schedule

Math teachers always seemed to be the type that was eager to get to work, no matter what the situation. Even on the first day, they’d be raring to go, feeling that everyone was behind schedule even though they had just gotten there.

Already Behind Schedule

Well, we suppose it takes a special type of person to get that excited about math, and there’s a very high chance that those types of people will become math teachers.

Four Years of Your Life

When you’re still in high school, four years of your life probably seems like a pretty hefty portion of it. Still, there are way too many people out there who unironically view it as the best years of their life, and that’s a little much.

Four Years of Your Life

“Peaked in high school” is often thrown around a little too often, but in the case of an adult who really views high school as their glory days, that might actually be accurate.

What Used to Matter

As an adult who has to deal with politics, taxes, and a job, the concerns of your high school self probably seem silly in comparison. Then again, they probably were silly, as this tweet so rightly points out.

What Used to Matter

What matters to people changes over time, but wouldn’t it be nice if high school students could see how meaningless some of their anxieties are in the grand scheme of things? Oh well, they’ll learn eventually.

That One Kid

It’s odd how the phrase “that one kid” means something instantly unique and recognizable to everyone, don’t you think? We all remember “that one kid” in our high school class, whether they were the class clown or the trouble-maker.

That One Kid

High school wasn’t pointless, even if it did include some pointless things. Still, “that one kid” will forever be recognized as someone who took their complaining just a little too far.

What Did We Learn?

We all learned a lot of things in high school, but we can all agree that not all of it was useful. Let’s be honest — how often have you used the Pythagorean Theorem in everyday life since graduating?

What Did We Learn?

Nearly everyone can agree that high school probably could have afforded to teach some more useful life skills, but alas, it did not. Why do certain things get added to the curriculum while others don’t?

Why Are We Friends?

Have you ever looked back on high school and wondered why you were actually friends with someone in the first place? Well, when you think about it, sometimes friendship is born out of necessity. Sometimes, you were friends with someone just because you saw them all the time.

Why Are We Friends?

It’s kind of like how people get along with their coworkers. For the most part, it’s hard not to get along with people you see five days a week… at least a little bit.

The Real Ones

Of course, it’s wrong to say that every teacher that falls into the categories below is a trustworthy, likable person. But, at the end of the day, it does seem like a lot of students had a similar experience with teachers in these fields.

The Real Ones

We’re not sure what it is about English and history teachers, but they usually know how to make their students feel like they’re in a safe space. Gym and math teachers may be just as compassionate, but from our personal experience, they do take a different approach than that of their colleagues.

From the Very Beginning

Saying that someone “peaked in high school” is often a way to insult their growth as a person, saying that they somehow hit the highlights of their life that early, and it was all downhill from there. And yet, most of us drop off in some regard after our youth.

From the Very Beginning

Being young makes it a lot easier to do a lot of things. You may not have peaked in high school, but don’t go thinking that you haven’t dipped in a few ways since then. Everyone does!

The Biggest Day of Your Life

Most of us knew some folks in high school that were just absolutely enamored with football. In some schools, football was almost more important than actually being educated, so it’s no wonder that so many students blew it out of proportion.

The Biggest Day of Your Life

In hindsight, most everyone realizes that high school football really isn’t that big of a deal. But hey, it was important at the time and that’s enough, isn’t it?

Happened to the Best of Us

It’s an exaggeration to say that everyone had an emo phase in high school, but we all knew someone who did — or came pretty close to such a phase ourselves. High school is a very transformative time in a young person’s life, after all.

Happened to the Best of Us

It may seem like those who didn’t have an emo phase just weren’t creative or free-spirited enough to do so, but we promise there are plenty of other reasons someone might move out of their hometown.

Moments of Embarrassment

Many of us can remember an absolutely stupid, ridiculous stunt we pulled in high school without any good reason. Hopefully, most of us didn’t suffer any incredibly harmful consequences for those stunts in the long run. A bit of humiliation is more than enough, no?

Moments of Embarrassment

That said, for any of you high schoolers reading this, please don’t lie about your age to older individuals. It could get them in a lot of trouble, and it certainly isn’t a good look for you either.

Hey, You Know Me

When you went to high school with someone, it’s kind of difficult to ever really view them in some sort of official capacity, isn’t it? It’s weird to have someone you sat next to in English class call you sir, or vice versa.

Hey, You Know Me

Still, while we can agree with that sentiment, we’re pretty sure that anyone working at a fast-food joint has certain rules they have to follow, and they never know if their supervisor is watching them. In a way, they’re being held hostage.

Change Versus Consistency

Some people are the type to be very consistent in their personalities. They’ll be essentially the same person for decades at a time. Other people barely remain the same for a month. The prior is always the type to make the latter feel odd.

Change Versus Consistency

Most of us can think of a couple that met in high school, and wonder how on Earth they ended up getting married in the long run. It’s always so weird to see a relationship you knew from long ago culminate like that.

Don’t Remember Me

Sometimes, you’re glad to have people from high school remember you. Other times, you pray every day that you’ll never run into someone that you used to know. Maybe it’s shame, or just the fact that you don’t want to explain how you turned out the way you are to an old acquaintance.

Don’t Remember Me

Either way, almost everyone who went to high school can understand this sentiment — you really only want certain people to know what you are up to nowadays, and sometimes, you’d prefer for that group to include no one at all.

The Crack of Dawn

If you’re lucky enough to have a job where you don’t need to wake up before 9AM, it can be a little bizarre to remember how early you had to get up in the morning for high school. Needless to say, most of us would be more than happy to leave such things behind.

The Crack of Dawn

Because let’s be honest, who actually likes getting up before the sun itself in order to go out in public? Only the type of people you should be really scared of, that’s who.

Back in the Field

Some people fondly remember high school. In fact, some of them remember it so fondly that it’s actually a little concerning. There’s nothing wrong with having good memories of it, but some people act like it was something truly amazing.

Back in the Field

Remember, folks — almost everyone went to high school. Their experiences there may have varied, but for the most part, things remain pretty similar for everyone. It’s not that special.

Undeserved Effort

When we were still in high school, it probably seemed worth it to dress up and look our best every day. But, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s a little easier to see that maybe we tried harder than we needed to. After all, it was just high school.

Undeserved Effort

Not that there’s anything wrong with looking nice, but when you think about how much effort you really wanted to put into it all, most of us would cut it back in retrospect.

Too Many Options

For the people who really felt that prom was the most important moment of their life, picking out the right clothes was a real challenge. What would you wear? Oh, wait. You’re a high school student with no money. So nothing nice, usually.

Too Many Options

Thankfully, some generous parents tended to come through in crises such as these. That said, most of us didn’t have to go to prom in sweatpants.

The Young and Naïve

The truth is, most of us thought we were really going to go places after high school. But unfortunately, the truth is also that most of us didn’t get where we wanted to be right away.

The Young and Naïve

Still, most of us weren’t as delusional as this girl. Very few of us landed a dream job right out of school. If only this wasn’t funny in the bitter sense, huh?

The Pet Guy

We didn’t all go to high school with that one guy who really loved his pet, but many of us remember someone bringing an animal somewhere they probably weren’t supposed to. Maybe not a chinchilla, but you know, something.

The Pet Guy

It must have been a very confusing sight to see some guy tossing carrots into his backpack, but at least he was nice enough to share what the heck he was doing — not to mention considerate enough to share his carrots.

Really No Difference

Many of us had a great emphasis placed on the importance of the ACT or SAT when we were in our senior year. It was going to determine almost everything about the college we would get into, right? Right…?

Really No Difference

Well, maybe it did have such a big impact for some of us, but for just as many, it didn’t really make that much of a difference at all. In fact, some of us didn’t even do it and we still got into a nice college. Strange how that works, huh?

The Coldest of Them All

Most high schools shouldn’t even really have computer labs anymore, but for those of us who attended in the past, we remember what it was like — freezing, mostly.

The Coldest of Them All

For some reason, the computer lab always seemed to have the best air conditioning in the school. We’d certainly like to get our hands on a unit that good for the summer. Then again, that might run the electric bill way up.

You and Me Both, Teach

Generally speaking, a teacher is supposed to leave a grade on your work that makes it really obvious how you did on the test. But, for some reason, it’s not always that simple. Sometimes, they’re confused as to what you did and why.

You and Me Both, Teach

It’s funny, though, because if you wrote something that warranted a question mark from the teacher, chances are you had no idea what you were doing to start with.

Nice for a Day

Every once in a while, the principal would drop by to see how things were going in a class. And without fail, the teacher would act a lot differently than they normally would. Of course, we can’t really blame them for that shift in behavior.

Nice for a Day

After all, their jobs could potentially be on the line, and most of us students deserved a little bit of ire from time to time if we are being honest with ourselves.