55 Super Awkward Middle School Photos

BuzzFeed staff share their most traumatic pics from the pimpled trenches of puberty. Add YOURS in the comments!

1. Ryan Broderick

Ryan Broderick

“I still make this face when I’m eating pizza.”

ID: 3400131

2. Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller

“I’m ready for the first day of school!”

ID: 3404526

3. Alex Naidus

Alex Naidus

“Winning the unofficial First to Get a Mustache Award™ wasn’t really *my* idea of a good time, but what can you do…”

ID: 3400347

4. Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

“You win some, you lose some. Middle school was a big loss.”

ID: 3400401

5. Erin La Rosa

Erin La Rosa

“Behold, my first and only glamour shot. I didn’t have a lot of friends, but I DID have some awesome imaginary friends. Perhaps that’s all too obvious.”

ID: 3400474

6. Myles Tanzer

Myles Tanzer

“Bye y’all, thanks for coming to my bar mitzvah!”

ID: 3400211

7. Jen Lewis

Jen Lewis


ID: 3400419

8. Charlie Warzel

Charlie Warzel

“HERE IS A PICTURE OF ME STRUGGLING WITH CUPCAKES (don’t ask) in like 6th grade.”

ID: 3400369

9. Arianna Rebolini

Arianna Rebolini

“Can you tell my mom used to cut my bangs?”

ID: 3400186

10. Gavon Laessig

Gavon Laessig

“Found beneath some moldy comic books, here now is 190 pounds of glistening mullet jammed into a pair of Montgomery Ward husky pants.”

ID: 3404320

11. Tracy Clayton

Tracy Clayton

“12 years old and already over everybody’s shit.”

ID: 3400200

12. Lara Parker

Lara Parker

“Here I am talking on a land line phone with retainers taking an original selfie on a KODAK CAMERA.”

ID: 3401350

13. Austin Hunt

Chris Ritter

“Me in 7th grade getting knighted.”

ID: 3400304

14. Javier Moreno

Javier Moreno

“Me in 8th grade. A 4’11 95lbs “football” player.”

ID: 3400177

15. Sandra Allen

Sandra Allen

“Still my favorite photo of me ever taken. Eighth grade dance. Believe I was going for sexy? I have not gotten better at sexy.”

ID: 3404324

16. Ashley Ford

Ashley Ford

“My school used to do something called “Toe’ Up From the Flo’ Up” Day for spirit week. I stole my grandma’s wig for this occasion. I had a lot of spirit. I also used to play the drums.”

ID: 3400650

17. Dorsey Shaw

Dorsey Shaw

“Me sitting next to Dad, hating life.”

ID: 3400209

18. Summer Burton

Summer Burton

“I got that hat at a giveaway at Wendy’s.”

ID: 3400216

19. Deena Shanker

Deena Shanker

“I’m the one in the corner that nobody really wanted in the picture in the first place.”

ID: 3400237

20. Dave Stopera

Dave Stopera

“me and the boys”

ID: 3400602

21. Alanna Okun

Alanna Okun

“Boys didn’t slow-dance with me because I intimidated them a lot.”

ID: 3400244

22. Justine Zwiebel

Justine Zwiebel

“Baby goth phase.”

ID: 3404299

23. Isaac Fitzgerald (right)

Isaac Fitzgerald

“Myself and best friend Liam Patrick Walsh. I was selling cigarettes out of my locker that year. He would go on to attend West Point and is now a captain in the US Army. We are still close.”

ID: 3400564

24. Jessica Misener

Jessica Misener

“This was my chunky blonde highlights phase. Thanks to late ’90s Jennifer Aniston on Friends for the inspiration!”

ID: 3400044

25. Julie Gerstein

Julie Gerstein

“I hung out with delinquent skater boys, could you tell?”

ID: 3401235

26. Louis Peitzman

Louis Peitzman

“The truth is out there.”

ID: 3400340

27. Chris Ritter

Chris Ritter

“My wardrobe was a mix of choker chains and t-shirts my mom wore in the 70’s and 80’s.”

ID: 3400330

28. Jarett Wieselman

Jarrett Wieselman

“A bowl cut AND a tab collar? #YES1993”

ID: 3400381

29. John Stanton

John Stanton

“I have no idea what made me smile like that, cause there wasn’t a damn thing funny happening when i was wearing that blazer.”

ID: 3400390

30. Macey Foronda

Macey Foronda


ID: 3400428

31. Tasneem Nashrulla

Tasneem Nashrulla

“I wanted to be the ‘only guy’ at my all-girls school. I succeeded.”

ID: 3400464

32. Andrew Ziegler

Andrew Ziegler

“I never crushed that can.”

ID: 3400425

33. Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen

“You knew I was cool because I got to hold the banner at the Lewiston, Idaho Rodeo Parade. In a cheerleading uniform.”

ID: 3400468

34. Jaimie Etkin

Jaimie Etkin

“I lasted one summer at sleepaway camp. I needn’t explain why.”

ID: 3400558

35. Aylin Zafar

Aylin Zafar

“i got a short haircut bc i wanted to look like Victoria Beckham.”

ID: 3404468

36. Cates Holderness

Cates Holderness

“When I was in 6th grade I decided I wanted super short hair. This was, in retrospect, not the best idea I’d ever had, but at the time I thought it might divert attention from my coke-bottle glasses and new braces. Little did I realize that drastically changing one’s hair at the onset of puberty at the time when you are surrounded by hundreds of your hormone-fueled, spiteful, cliqueish peers might lead to heartache. Oh, how swiftly I learned.”

ID: 3400574

37. Sami Main

Sami Main

“My hair matches my face in solidarity of dumbness, at least.”

ID: 3400583

38. Alex Alvarez (center)

Alex Alvarez

“I can’t actually remember if this was in middle school or freshman year of high school, but here I am (center) at a robotics competition. We’re in a midcentury living room at the Kennedy Space Center and apparently very, very happy about it.”

ID: 3400588

39. Ellie Hall

Ellie Hall

“My dark past is that I acted in community and professional musical theater / opera for 13 years while growing up in Virginia. Of all the roles I played, nothing will be darker than this. 2002. I was in 7th grade. I went in to audition for the role of Fern and was cast as Wilbur the pig. “

ID: 3400594

40. Sam Stryker

Sam Stryker

“my butch phase y’all”

ID: 3400606

41. Katie Heaney

Katie Heaney

“13 years old, ornate Halloween costume, boy haircut + braces, etc. (I am hiding behind a ghost.)”

ID: 3400601

42. Kayla Yandoli

Kayla Yandoli

“Just an awkward 14-year-old hippie, visiting Woodstock.”

ID: 3400603

43. Julia Furlan

Julia Furlan

“I tried to use the Gap to shield my entire body from sight, but I couldn’t hide my face. It took a while to grow into my nose. And my eyebrows.”

ID: 3400612

44. Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

“This is a little too soft for football and coincidentally, the last known picture of me smiling. Circa 1990.”

ID: 3404328

45. Julia Pugachevsky

Julia Pugachevsky

“Forever angsty.”

ID: 3400620

46. Chelsea Marshall

Chelsea Marshall

“Here’s me in front of a wall in Morocco, wearing some nice bungie cord pants and a bucket hat.”

ID: 3400625

47. Erin Chack

Erin Chack


ID: 3400638

48. Kristin Chirico

Kristin Chirico

“I’m the one with the Far Side Anthology in her lap. It was in my Easter basket. JEALOUS?”

ID: 3400643

49. Conz Preti

Conz Preti

“Being girlie wasn’t my thing.”

ID: 3401230

50. Simon Crerar

Simon Crerar

“Where do I start? Ridiculous spike? Check. Shocking shirt? Check. Worn corduroy? Check. Stripy socks? Check. Blues Brothers shades? Check. Climbing frame?! I have no idea what I was thinking.”

ID: 3401332

51. Tasmai Uppin

Tasmai Uppin

“You can tell how much I hate pics. Avoiding the camera is my thing.”

ID: 3401343

52. Candace Lowry

Candace Lowry

“idk I consider myself a baller…”

ID: 3404304

53. Whitney Jefferson

Whitney Jefferson

“7th grade: braces, Delia’s t-shirt.”

ID: 3404310

54. Jenna Guillaume

Jenna Guillaume

“Here is my 12-year-old self doing the 5ive “Got the Feelin’” dance, after having been given a terrible-on-purpose makeover by my friend (cut out of this picture so that she doesn’t murder me in my sleep). You probably can’t tell, but I had one eye with bright pink eyeshadow and one eye with bright blue eyeshadow and purple lip gloss on.”

ID: 3404314

55. And finally, that time Matt Stopera was on MTV’s Fanography: Britney:

ID: 3400370

Add your best/worst middle school pics in the comments!

ID: 3404351

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