At the beginning of the year, I was still in the midst of my "awkward" phase. I am certain that my "awkward" phase lasted longer than most.
My friends and I spent all of our time in my bedroom at my dad's house. My sister and I had our own computer with THE INTERNET! We spent time switching between making CDs (that all sound exactly the same when I listen to them now) and chatting in chat rooms, probably with 59-year-old creeps. We definitely used AIM a lot to chat with our love interests. Surprising we had any boys interested in us.
I still thought I was an actress and preformed in several plays. I somehow convinced my best friends to do it with me. Now I just stick to stage managing.
When we weren't on the computer, we were outside. None of us could drive, of course, so we walked a lot. I think this walking helped me grow out of my awkward phase. This was the extent of the exercise I got.
The February annual trek to Santa Barbara began to visit my soul mate. It was during this trip that I fell in love with Santa Barbara and was convinced I was going to follow in her footsteps and go to UCSB. Spoiler alert: I went to Santa Barbara City College for a year before returning home for a boy. This annual February trip has lasted to the present day, except now we don't travel to Santa Barbara. We travel to wherever she is living. Except this year, when she came to visit us!
We had a LOT of sleepovers. We also took a lot of pictures with disposable cameras. And ate a lot of junk food. And we laughed a lot.
We were also really annoying big sisters. We shared a line with our little sister who's bedroom was downstairs. We figured out that our phone had a mute button, so when she was talking on the phone, we were always listening.
I finally got my braces off and graduated to a retainer. Which I wore religiously until a year and a half ago when I forgot it on a three-week long trip and it didn't fit when I returned home. Oops.
Freshman year was my absolute favorite year of high school. We were so carefree and fun. There was rarely any drama and we couldn't drive, so we were forced to spend time together. None of us had jobs, so all of our time after school was spent together. I am still friends with every single one of the people you see in these photos, and I thank freshman year for bringing us together and keeping us close. As the years went on, we began growing into our own skin and finding ourselves, which has to happen, but this year, we were one cohesive unit. And it was incredibly fun.
Tell me about your freshman year in high school.