If You Knew Me In High School

If you knew me in high school, then you would know:


–I lived in my own little bubble and had no clue how bad the kids I went to school with really were. I was too busy getting good grades, watching movies with friends, and shopping with my mom. Apparently everyone else was out getting drunk, sneaking out, having sex and experimenting with drugs. I had no desire to do any of those things.


–I played the flute and did symphony and marching band all four years. I was also in pep band for two years. Where my band nerds? I know you are out there!


–We moved from Missouri to Georgia in the middle of my sophomore year of high school. My first day at my new school? Pre-SAT day. Thanks, parents! That wasn’t stressful or anything!!!!!


–I didn’t go to any high school dances, that includes prom.

–I never had a boyfriend in high school.

–I crushed on Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Totally in my league, right?

–I worked at Kirkland’s at Mall of Georgia my senior year. I kept that job all through college, and even a year after I graduated college on the weekends.

–I hardly wore any make up, just some mascara and maybe purple eye shadow if I was feeling fancy. My skin was freaking flawless. I wish it was still like that!


–I got very sick spring semester my sophomore year. I came down with pneumonia and missed A LOT of school. I was constantly in and out of the hospital and there was a point where I stopped breathing.

–I was on the newspaper and year book staff up until we moved to Georgia.

–I lost one of my very best friends to suicide.


–My favorite color was purple. My bedroom was even painted a dark purple.

–I was in Spanish club for the free tacos and queso at every meeting because it looked good on my application to college. 

–I drove a bright red 1993 Jeep Cherokee. It was the shit!


–I was in a horrible accident my senior year over spring break. I totaled my mom’s brand new blazer, you can read about it here.

–Ludacris, Nelly, Good Charlotte, Britney Spears and NSYNC were always blasting in my car or bedroom.


–I graduated with a high GPA and HOPE Scholarship.

–My dad called me Dino (like the dinosaur in the Flinstones) and some of my friends (mostly band friends and my boss at Kirklands) called me Nay-Nay.


–My graduation ceremony lasted forever! My graduating class was the biggest one on the east side of the Mississippi that year.

–I chose UWG (University of West Georgia) because my friend Shelley asked me where I was going at lunch one day. When I told her I wasn’t sure, she suggested I apply and if I got in we could be roommates. Sold. It was the only college I applied to.


And that was a little glimpse of Nadine in high school. Class of 2001. Who were you in high school?

Linking up with one of my fellow Birmingham blogging homies, Morgan!
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  • Reply Jules September 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I love this!! I am keeping all picture of myself in high school under lock & key – but it looks like we would have been friends!

  • Reply Morgan September 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Love it!! I spent so much time going through old high school pictures for this post. So much fun! I too, was obsessed with Nsync! They were totally in our league!

  • Reply Lauren September 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Holllla, band nerd. But only two years here. Four of my cousins and I were at the same high school at the same time and two were in band, so they convinced me to stay in it in HS, too. I mostly did it because we went to Disney World that year. When I had to move high schools for my junior year, I quit. I didn’t have the coordination to march and play. I was good too and completely clueless to what kinds of fun the cool kids had!

  • Reply joey September 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    First of all–I just went back and read your story about the accident and how freaking scary! Seriously! Glad you were okay! I was in wind ensemble and marching band in HS too! I also played flute!!

  • Reply Jenn September 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    My boyfriend is from Alabama/Mississippi (lived in both)! We just finished driving back up from visiting his family.

    And I also had great skin in high school. I always thought high school was the age with breakouts and greasy skin? Why are those things happening now???

  • Reply Lidija September 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Jeep Cherokees were the absolute best! I kept begging my parents and they said I was too bad of a driver to have a Jeep, HA

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph September 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I love this post! I want to do one but won’t get to in time for the link up. I’ll link back to you though.

    I was not a band geek but MFD was!

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal September 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    This is a great blog post! I love the idea!

    I was in band and chorus – complete drama club geek.

    🙂 Loved the pictures! Wish I had more of me from HS.

  • Reply Biana Perez September 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I also crushed hard on Justin Timberlake and still sort of do lol!! I was in chorus in Middle school but didn’t do it in high school! And love your car in high school -way better than the camry i drove lol!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says September 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I love the idea for this linkup and I wish I had known about it. Like Steph, I’ll have to get back to you.

    I feel like we could have been friends in high school! I was not a band geek but I was a speech and debate geek.

    True story: my husband and I were really into Rising Star this summer. Ludacris was a judge. We could name more movies that we know him from than songs he has. #we’reold

  • Reply Libby September 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up girl! I was totally a band geek and didn’t realize all the bad things other people were doing either. And I would take Justin Timberlake or Jonathan Taylor Thomas to the prom any day!!

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter September 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    This was amazing and I loved reading it! Thank you for posting. I would have totally wanted to hang out with you!

  • Reply Kerry September 4, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    What a fun look into your high school days. I had questionable hair decisions, played softball, into photography, and honors classes. We would have been friends! 😉

  • Reply Lindsay | Broke and Bougie September 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    such a fun post!! My family moved from the midwest to the south in high school too. Total culture shock. Maybe that’s why we are so samesies now!

  • Reply Julia Strong September 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Band nerd right here! I played Clarinet for all 4 years! I was also in choir, all of the school plays, art classes, basically everything but athletic and into sports! 😉

    And I was the same way about being oblivious to all of the stuff people were doing, very very naïve I was!

  • Reply Jackie September 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I was pretty much exactly the same as you, only I wasn’t in my school band. I did take private piano lessons though!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth September 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Ummmmm your jeep was pretty ballin girl! Such a fun post! I loved N’SYNC I kept some of the confetti that flew out in the concert in my wallet for more years than I care to share……

  • Reply Jessica Shannon September 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    This was such a great post idea! Man I miss my high school skin and skinniness!

  • Reply Robin September 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I didn’t have a real boyfriend until I was 22 – my now-husband. I sort of had one in high school, but it was a juvenile “hold hands and call yourselves a couple” relationships.

    I am sorry about your best friend. 🙁

    Some people used to tease me for not drinking or having sex. Now they work at restaurants to support the kids they have with multiple partners.

  • Reply Tricia Coniglio September 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    OMG!! My jeep is EXTRA red! I was in and out of the hospital with pneumonia as a baby and then had severe allergies growing up. I changed a few food items and no longer have super bad problems with allergies.

    I am not musically talented- can’t sing or anything like that but I like to think I can dance 🙂

  • Reply Amanda September 5, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I played the flute, too!!!!!!! I wish I would’ve kept up with it. I quit b/c I didn’t want to be a nerd but I was actually pretty decent at it. So dumb!

  • Reply kathy @ vodka and soda September 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    what a fun linkup!!!

    all the drugs and what not went on in my school but i had no idea. apparently, more than half the kids in my classes were either stoned or high on acid and i had no idea. drugs weren’t my poison back then. i say this as if it was worse than what i did — which was show up hung over half the time LOL

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Krystal September 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Love the idea of these posts. I was in a bubble in high school too and thank God for that bubble!

  • Reply Duckie September 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    First off, how do you always manage to find awesome linkups like this? I want in!

    I wasn’t really a band geek but I did sing in choir and also took Spanish – because it was easier than Japanese. Lol.

    LOVED *Nsync, BSB, JTT and my biggest celeb crush in high school was Freddie Prinze, Jr.

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