Authors Note: For my “Nostalgia and ‘Old’ Media” capstone class this past semester, I had the honor of interviewing my best friend, Nicole Randone. In this unit, we were tasked with interviewing people in our lives with the central question being, “how do people remember media of the past?” The following is the excerpt I wrote about Nicole, a fellow digital content creator who has a strong affinity for the early 2000s.

Growing up, yearning for a sense of belonging, and struggling to learn about who you are can be difficult. In the age of the internet and social media…

If you’ve been on Tik Tok, YouTube, or anywhere on the internet — there is a huge chance you’ve heard of Olivia Rodrigo. Her debut single, drivers license broke countless records, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This heart-wrenching song has since resonated with people all over the world.

It’s so refreshing to see a young girl from Disney, be met with critical acclaim and praise so early on in her solo career. Yet, at the same time, a lot of focus has seemed to analyze every move from Rodrigo to see how it connects to her…

in order from top to bottom — my best friends Alex, Alli, and I at the Michigan vs Notre Dame game at The Big House in 2019.

Watching this documentary kept reminding me about when I was applying to colleges and watching my peers nervously refresh their application portals. I live in Michigan in the U.S. and the school rivalry of the University of Michigan and Michigan State is prevalent… literally everywhere. I know people that don’t associate themselves w/ people who went to MSU when they themselves went to Michigan or vice versa. An underlying factor that is present however is how one’s class status and family income are associated in both schools. …


Hello everyone! My name is Zoe, my pronouns are she/her/hers and I am the creator behind the popular Instagram blog @/somelikeitpop.

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