29 Things You'll Understand If You Went To Uni In The Mid-'00s
MSN Messenger, The OC, and nu-rave. There really was nothing like being a student in the '00s.
1. When meeting people during freshers' week you couldn't add them on Facebook because it didn't exist! So you had to settle for getting their number instead.
2. In fact you've probably still got people in your phonebook from freshers' who you've never contacted since.
3. But texting was expensive, so the easiest way of talking to people was through MSN messenger.
4. But then at some point along came Facebook! And if you were lucky yours was one of the first unis in Britain to get it.
5. Long before Netflix there was a lot less choice on TV, so everyone would get together and watch stuff like Lost.
6. And everyone would congregate to watch The OC on T4 on a Sunday morning.
7. Which would then be followed by watching even more beautiful people on Shipwrecked.
There was inevitably at least one person that someone in your halls knew on there because it was always just a load of middle-class kids who had chosen to go to a desert island rather than go to uni. Fools.
8. If you were fortunate enough to be able to take a laptop to uni, chances are it looked a lot like this, and weighed as much as a small human.
9. If you were slightly less lucky you'd be allowed to take your parents' old desktop computer which probably took up most of your room.
10. With Napster and Kazaa now things of the past, you had to resort to Limewire to download music illegally.
11. Or if you weren't downloading your music, you'd borrow every CD your housemates owned and rip them on to your laptop.
12. Talking of iPods, it felt like everyone you knew bought one of these beauties as soon as their very first loan payment landed in their account.
13. Heading to your nearest Scream pub, Yellow Card in hand, for pound a pint night.
14. You could get pretty drunk, find some food and get home and still have change from a £10 note.
15. There's a good chance that this was the album of your first year.
16. And you probably saw at least a couple of these up-and-coming bands.
17. Then, of course, there was nu-rave. The less said about that the better.
18. Even though some people had laptops, they were FAR too heavy to take into uni every day, so you still had to write all your notes by hand.
19. Luckily, however, you were part of the first generation who could access the lecture slides online and print them off.
20. You felt very cool and grown up when you were able to vote in your first general election in 2005.
21. You and your housemates somehow never tired of Anchorman quotes.
22. Well, that and Napoleon Dynamite.
23. Before moving into halls you didn't have pre-existing Facebook groups to find out who you were moving in with before you got there.
24. You didn't need filters to make the photos on your wall look retro. They were just shit pictures.
25. Watching two episodes of Friends back to back on E4, then watching the same episodes again on E4+1 because there was nothing else on.
26. If you lived in a big student town there's a strong possibility that an Oceana opened up while you were there.
27. With the ban not yet in force, by the end of freshers' week EVERY item of clothing you owned smelled of smoke.
28. You'd actually take a digital camera with you on every single night out.
29. Meaning that you'd end up adding an entire album to Facebook after every single night out. Most of which are, for some reason, still online.
Ugh. Five of these guys are now married. FML.