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What's Trending in High Schools and Colleges in 2019

What's everyone obsessed with this year? Here's a quick look at what's trending in high schools and colleges across the country.

High school and college social life revolves around pop culture trends. Every year, we poll our new student writers to find out what everyone’s talking about in schools across the country. From sustainability, Netflix, and Fortnite to prom, Marvel, and yeeting, here’s what’s hot so far in 2019.


Movies and TV

Bob Ross


  • Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
  • The Office
  • Binge-watching Netflix
  • “Currently, everyone in my school is talking about The Umbrella Academy on Netflix and how amazing it is.”
  • Fyre Festival on Netflix
  • “Binge-watching movies together is a big trend at our school.”
  • The Joy of Painting
  • Marvel movies

Apps and games

Fornite Dance


  • Starting clique Instagram pages
  • Instagram stories
  • “A trend among UCF students is posting their shenanigans for the #collegelife story on the Snapchat app.”
  • Fortnite
  • “The Rockbot app that allows you to request music in the cafeteria”
  • Apex


Prom dresses

  • “At Barnard, one of Columbia's undergraduate colleges, a new organization is celebrating black womanhood.”
  • Participating in de-stress events
  • Dragon Day (students engineer dragons and compete against each other)
  • “THON is the most popular event at PSU. It is a 46-hour dance marathon that happens every February for children with cancer.”
  • Prom
  • Spring break!

Social activism

No plastic straws

  • Therapy dogs
  • Reading to children
  • “A write-in candidate for student government is getting a decent amount of buzz.”
  • Boycotting plastic straws
  • Trying to get better food on campus


WTOL via YouTube

  • "Yeet"
  • Fuzzy jackets
  • Mom jeans
  • Water wars
  • Referencing old Vines
  • “Breaking an apple cleanly in half with your bare hands”
  • Memes
  • Bismarck the dog
  • Target runs
  • “Wanting to get a mascot (Alma Otter)”
  • Hydro Flasks and staying hydrated
  • Boba tea
  • Making fun of AirPods

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