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2018 in Review

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2018 in Review

As we move into 2019, we reflect on 2018 which was a roller coaster of a year with recycled fashion trends, stupidity, and new movies (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to mohamed_hassan).

As we move into 2019, we reflect on 2018 which was a roller coaster of a year with recycled fashion trends, stupidity, and new movies (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to mohamed_hassan).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to mohamed_hassan

As we move into 2019, we reflect on 2018 which was a roller coaster of a year with recycled fashion trends, stupidity, and new movies (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to mohamed_hassan).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to mohamed_hassan

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to mohamed_hassan

As we move into 2019, we reflect on 2018 which was a roller coaster of a year with recycled fashion trends, stupidity, and new movies (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to mohamed_hassan).

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It’s a new year, meaning new year resolutions, new trends, and new ways of thinking. However, even though it’s important to live on, it’s also important to reflect on what to move on from. In celebration of 2018, let’s review the major trends—good and bad—surrounding last year.

To start off the review, the Tide Pod challenge went viral; this was a challenge to eat the brand named laundry pod. It lead to several calls to the poison control center and even left some people hospitalized. Nineteen days into 2018, there were 37 reported cases of teenagers eating Tide Pods.

“When I think of 2018, I think of the Tide Pod challenge. It was one of the stupidest, funniest events that happened in 2018 and I think that no one will ever forget about it,” said sophomore Elise Ledford.

At the start of the year, Youtube and vlogging in general was, and still is, very popular. However, 2018 opened with Logan Paul’s suicide forest controversy. The Youtube creator filmed a dead body in the Aokigahara suicide forest, ruining his image, along with Youtube’s. Afterwards, Youtube reinstated stricter guidelines to prevent any similar future events.  

“I feel like vlogging was popular. It’s been popular, but I feel like it was at its prime in 2018,” said junior Sakina Naqvi.

Following the controversy of Logan Paul, in February, Kylie Jenner posted a video revealing her pregnancy of daughter Stormi Webster.

“I remember when Kylie announced her pregnancy of her daughter, that video was good. It was one of the few times I really used Youtube,” said Brown.

Along with these events, a style was revived from the 1980s: mom jeans. Mom jeans were typically bought by middle-aged women. These high-waisted jeans were viewed more as a joke than a fashion statement. However, they

Photo courtesy of Alaina Haylock
Mom jeans have returned as a popular trend for many teens (Photo courtesy of Alaina Haylock).

made a comeback in 2018.

“Mom jeans were trendy this year, but I hope we leave that in 2018,” said junior Chloe Brown.

For Marvel fans, 2018 meant superhero movies but more precisely The Avengers: Infinity Wars. This movie was the second highest grossing movie of 2018, behind Black Panther. In total, the movie grossed $678.82 million dollars in the U.S.

“Infinity Wars was a big deal in 2018. You couldn’t get through 2018 without seeing Infinity Wars,” said Naqvi.

Another huge deal in 2018, was the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Even though the event took place in the U.K., an estimated 1.9 billion people watched the wedding.

“The royal wedding happened last year, it was beautiful. I’m pretty sure everyone watched it,” said Brown.

An additional trend that blew up in 2018 was juuling, an e-cigarette that uses nicotine salts. However, one Juul pod of the flavored liquid equals roughly 20 cigarettes. It became popular among teens, but it leaves them with a serious nicotine addiction.

“[Juuling] is not the smartest thing our generation has done. It will probably become a social norm and easier to acquire in the future,” said Ledford.

With 2019 kicking off, new trends, like the #BirdBoxChallenge, will replace older ones. Though, 2018 was a memorable year, it’s significant that everyone learns from last year, whether that is steering clear of dangerous trends or reviving old trends.

“I hope our generation finds the best way to make up for all our stupid mistakes and prove we are a good generation,” said Ledford.

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