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What's Trending in High Schools and Colleges in 2018

From the Snapchat update to Tide Pods, here are all the hottest (and strangest) student trends of 2018 so far.

Ever wonder if what’s important at your high school or college is trending everywhere else too? From the Snapchat update to Tide Pods, what’s good for binging on Netflix to the Paper Challenge, here are all the hottest trends of 2018 so far.

TV and movies

black panther

Image via IMDB

  • Netflix binging
  • Riverdale
  • “Black Panther, lots and lots of Black Panther (and in the same vein, Michael B. Jordan).”
  • The Walking Dead
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Big Brother
  • The Office
  • Game of Thrones
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Rick and Morty
  • Black Mirror
  • Altered Carbon
  • “Right now the trend is binge-watching The Bachelor season 22—anyone you talk to will know exactly what went down that week, and will undoubtedly have a strong opinion on Arie Luyendyk Jr.”
  • Stranger Things
  • The Winter Olympics
  • Queer Eye
  • Siesta Key



  • Birkenstocks
  • Crocs
  • Oversized T-shirts
  • Nike
  • Supreme
  • Champion

Celebrities, music, and dance

bruno mars

  • Michael B. Jordan   
  • Drake
  • Kylie Jenner and her baby 
  • Bruno Mars
  • “Everyone is getting good laughs from Fergie's National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.”
  • The Kardashians     
  • Cardi B
  • Gucci Gang
  • K-Pop
  • “For whatever reason, people at my school have only just now entered the Hamilton phase. So basically lots of people singing out of the blue, 'Alexander Hamilton!'"
  • Migos
  • Post Malone
  • The "Zam"



  • Brunch
  • Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee
  • Yerba Mate
  • Protein shakes

Apps and games


  • Instagram live and Instagram stories
  • “Complaining about the new Snapchat update is pretty common.”
  • Bitmoji
  • Listening to non-mainstream music on Spotify
  • Playing the HQ Trivia game
  • Tinder
  • TriviaCrack
  • Having Finsta accounts to post embarrassing pictures and stories
  • Twitter
  • “Instagram photos poking fun at bad parking jobs!”
  • VPNs
  • Fortnite

Activities and social activism

FL shooting walkout

Student walkout; image via ABC News

  • The Parkland shooting
  • “The students at my school are becoming increasingly involved in activism and protesting for stricter gun regulations.”
  • Feminism
  • Mini-THON
  • DACA
  • Whether teachers should carry guns
  • “Political activism is slowly rising, especially for the people in my classes.”
  • Ventura fires
  • LGBTQ+
  • Promposals/school dance season
  • Greek life
  • “Valuing our community is something that is trending (almost constantly) through my school.”
  • Physical fitness
  • Camp

Other trends


  • Sharing all the memes
  • "Do you know de wae" meme
  • Airband
  • “The Tide Pod meme is dying down, but it trended for quite a while.”
  • The Paper Challenge
  • ’80s music/fashion
  • IB memes
  • “Students like to walk around in shorts and short-sleeve shirts in the cold weather! I think it’s a Midwest thing.”
  • Vine compilations on YouTube
  • “Anxiety! Lol”
  • Complaining about the weather

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