• Mallory Garber

Make The Best Four Years of your Life Unforgettable| Not Forgotten Time Capsules 

Gift your young graduate with a way to preserve memories in a way you wish you could have when you were their age. 

By Mallory Garber

I have officially reached the status of “washed up” being a junior in college. It did not occur to me until I was standing in the middle of a frat common room surrounded by sweaty faces I did not recognize. I found myself asking, “what am I doing here?” As much as I wanted it to be, it just wasn’t my scene anymore. I didn’t feel like partying till dawn and pushing off my assignments for the last minute. I did not want to make friends that only lasted until the night was over or crush over a boy I knew would never talk to me again. Glory days right? In many ways it actually was.  There is a time and place for everything, and those types of experiences were made for college. There was a time where I was a freshman standing in that very same frat house. My perception of college was new and fresh. The sweat I saw then was glistening youth instead of a smelly odor. Those temporary friends made the night young and reality boring. Homework didn’t matter because it wasn’t serious yet. That boy that would probably never talk to me could have been my soulmate! What did I know, everything was so different and exciting. Rather than wondering what I was doing there, I can recall thinking,

“I never want moments like these to go away.”

I already find myself looking back and wishing I knew what I know now…and that’s only after two years. Could you imagine giving yourself advice 20–30 years from now? Well as unlikely as it may seem, you actually can. Better yet, think long term. What about your kid? How cool would it be to give them advice from an actual college student perspective rather than trying to convince them you were once cool? As much as I don’t want to admit it…my mom is always right. I guess that is because she went through everything I did and actually learned from her mistakes. Who would have thought? Not me, coming from my mother who has three kids and the busiest schedule I have ever seen. Her maturity and complexity seem so foreign to me that it’s hard to believe she could relate to my 21-year-old problems. Oftentimes she will give me advice that I choose not to follow. When it all blows up in my face she will respond with the classic “I told you so,” followed by 

“I was young too once you know.”

It is that very phrase that is so hard to believe. My mom is my mom. As much as she tries to convince me, I will never be able to truly see her as the young, careless adolescent she describes herself as. That is what makes Not Forgotten so special. Why not take advantage of the technology we have now? All I have of my parents from their 20s are battered photographs and self told stories with major pieces missing. Not Forgotten gives people the opportunity to preserve their youth in the most detailed way possible. Not only do they digitalize any keepsake you may have in mind, but give you access to a virtual videographer that allows you to film your very own high quality documentary. If you are like me, the second you are placed behind the camera you freeze, suddenly forgetting every memory that has ever existed. That is not a problem with Not Forgotten, customers are provided a template with prompts that range from what you would do if this were your last day on earth to thoughts on your future career. I have no idea who I am going to be in 20 years, but I know I want to remember who I am right now. In some ways, our college years are the best versions of ourselves we will ever be. Personally, I am the most motivated, open-minded I have ever felt. Your 20s is the peak of your youth, the prime time to choose where you want life to take you. Why not savor every moment? I want to look back and remember how optimistic about life I was before things get too serious and messy. As much as I have enjoyed my college experience, I would have really liked to know the things I do now when I had just started. I think that is the most unique feature of