10 Things Only '90s Students Would Know

Definitely old school!

School things


(SPOT.ph) Kids today probably have a completely different school experience as things become more high-tech. Heavy hardbound books? Their tablets can carry volumes of e-books, and the gadget's way lighter. Research paper? They'll just whip out their phone and input what they need through voice command—"Hello, Google." Group work? They have online messaging for that.


We didn't have it that easy but it's definitely a lot more memorable and fun. As a new school year is about to start, we round up things we used to do in school for a quick throwback session.


manila paper


Writing on Manila paper for a group report

We didn't have the luxury of a Powerpoint or Prezi template but we came up with all sorts of gimmicks with cartolinas and Manila paper. We used colored pens and lettering just to make our reports less boring. We also learned how to write without the blue-red-blue lines by folding and following the creases.



magic pencil

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floppy disk


Naming the different parts of a floppy disk

At the start of the school year, our computer teacher asked us to bring one eight-inch floppy disk and one 3.5-inch floppy disk (a.k.a. micro diskette or micro floppy). The diskette’s storage space ranged from 1.2 to 1.88 megabytes. Now, we have the two-terrabyte portable drive and it's still not enough to carry our movies.





Buying fillers for your notebook binder

We assigned a different color for every subject: Red for math to serve as a warning and blue for science because the subject taught us why the sky is blue.




Collecting and trading stationery

Every lunch break, we invited our classmates to sit in a circle with our collection of cute pads or stickers in tow. This is how we learned about the barter system.





Searching for that pen with many colors

This type of pen could have as much as 10 colors, one button for each. It was so thick that it was difficult to write with. But it was also so cool that it didn't matter if you couldn't hold it with your tiny hands.


pencil case



Showing off your multi-layered, pop-out pencil case

It had a compartment for your eraser, another for your paper clips, holders for your pencils, and even a built-in sharpener. The more buttons, the better. Big plus if the design was your favorite cartoon character.




Drinking from your classmate's water jug

There was always that student who brought a huge Coleman jug to school and the whole class just drank from the same container. At some point, you probably thought it was bottomless. Eventually everyone had one!


card catalog



Leafing through the card catalog at the library

If you needed a book, you had to check the card catalog drawers first, then check the call number, and then look for its assigned shelf. Better if you memorized the Dewey Decimal System.




Using the overhead projector as your mirror

Remember that projector your teachers used with an acetate (or plastic cover)? Well, during lunch break it served as a mirror for all your kikay needs.


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