“Inside, I Still Feel Like I’m 15 to 18 Years Old”


Ever wonder why the high-school years are the focus of so many movies, books, and fun memories you can’t get over despite years of therapy?

New York Magazine‘s Jennifer Senior (whose surname is presumably not intended as a pun) investigates the matter from cultural, sociological, and neurological angles.

As it turns out, the high-school experience really does follow most people throughout their lives—and usually not in a good way.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →