• Mallory Garber

How to Make a Class Time Capsule |NotForgotten

Updated: Mar 14

I don’t want my school memories to be lost, I want to remember who I am in this exact moment -I know am never going to be this version of ME again. Read this blog to learn about the power of Class Time Capsules.

You know the saying “time goes by fast when you’re having fun?” Well, I do, too well I might add. Being very well half way through my junior year of college I can’t help but think, “where did all the time go?”. To me, it is a very bitter sweet thought. As we near the finish line, reality sets in - we are leaving, and never coming back. I wish it would all slow down and I’m trying to make sure every moment is savored so I never forget this time.

We all share various educational milestones — phases of our lives that we hold in our private memory banks. Each stage was our everything for a few years of our lives, but each stage abruptly came to an end as we journeyed to the next level, leaving us only with our memories, slowly receding.

  1. Elementary School: Ok, I know if you are reading this you probably don’t remember much about elementary school, but it is the first phase of our lives where we actually started to act like normal humans. It was the beginning of our educational trek, paving the long road ahead. If there is one thing I remember thinking at 11 years old is how much longer I thought I had to go and how much longer it would take. It’s ironic looking back now feeling as though no time has passed.

  2. Middle School: If you were like me, middle school was not necessarily a time you want to remember, but it was a right of passage. We were bound to face the trials of puberty and inevitable awkward mannerisms at some point and for most of us, that took place in the hallways of middle school. Middle school is the speed bump we zoom past to enter uncharted territory.

  3. High School: High school is the uncharted territory. High school is the place you start deciding who you want to be. It is the last sector of our lives that we are not expected to be entirely independent.

  4. College: It all comes full circle doesn’t it? College is the final step in our educational evolution, shaping us into the people we choose to be. It’s an ending that begins the rest of our lives.

So what do time capsules have to do with all of this? As I said before, it all comes full circle. As time goes on it’s easy to forget the milestones and phases of our lives and the key lessons we have learned with them. Its the fourth time now I have passed such a milestone and each time I wish that I had done something to preserve my memories a little better. I don’t think we give the past enough credit. It is always relevant, no matter how old we get.

I wonder if I had a digital year book of my class at elementary school whether history would show the same quiet girl I remember. Would I recognize the person I believed I was going to become when I grew up? Would my message to Future Me that Middle School Me captured chime with my reality today, and would I gain any insight beyond my memories as an adult woman on the young woman I was in high school?

Sadly my memories have receded now to the point I cant completely trust them, and I will never really know. But today this doesn’t have to be the inevitable fate of these memories.

Back in my glory days of high school, I was in student government. During my time as vice president, the rest of the committee and I were constantly trying to figure our ways for the senior class to have the most memorable year possible. Now, looking back, I wish I had known about virtual time capsules.

When it comes to trying to a class capturing “Its Year” it can get tricky. That is why school organizations often try to get creative in making class memorabilia. Yes the idea of reunions and year books sound cheesy, but sometimes being cliché is necessary in life.

If there is anything I have learned, whether it be high school students or college students, students in general are lazy. That is why when you present them with a task outside of school work, you must make sure it is a task so simple and convenient they cannot refuse. Virtual time capsules happen to be that task. It is too valuable of an opportunity and too easy to pass up.

Creating a Class Time Capsule consist only a few simple steps. Here’s a snapshot of how this works …