“You’re always taking selfies!”

“Yeah, mom, and you would have too if there’d been smartphones 30 years ago.”

Why do parents do that thing where they shame you for taking lots of pictures?

Like, you’ll be all dressed up for an important event and ask them to snap a photo of you—and they get that look on their face. You know that look. It’s like they’re saying,

“You kids and your smartphones. Can’t spend a second without them!”

And it’s not just parents, either. Have you ever been out with some friends, wearing a killer outfit, posed for photos (because, like, you’re not gonna waste the outfit) and had an older couple walk by and roll their eyes?

Winona Ryder in "Heathers" says "What is your damage, Heather?"

OK, look: we’re not here to shame older generations for devaluing our love of capturing moments on camera—fighting their shaming with our own shaming feels counterintuitive. What we are here to do, however, is set the record straight.

Taking lots of pictures as a student is totally fine (even if people walking by mid-photoshoot think it’s cringy.) In fact, future you will thank you for filling up your camera roll.

Here’s why:

Pictures help you remember

A brain.

It might seem obvious. But did you know just the act of taking pictures can build stronger visual memories? You don’t even have to look back at them—the photographing itself is what helps your brain hang onto an image.

If you want to reminisce on that amazing Frosh with your future children (or your future dogs or, heck, your future self), taking pictures of it now can help ensure you remember every detail.

We’re the first generation that actually can take pictures of everything

We know it’s hard to believe—but digital cameras didn’t become commonplace until the late ’90s. And the phenomenon of everyone having a supercomputer that also takes high-resolution photos in their pocket at all times is barely a decade old (remember what Instagram looked like in the early 2010s? Shudder.)

Ashley Tisdale takes selfies in painfully 2014 fashion.

Young people have always relished in the technology of their time, even if it takes older generations a while to catch up. First it was telephones, then radios, then computers and now it’s the ability to take photos of your very cute dorm room you worked really hard to decorate.

You’re only a student once

A man says, "Just once!"

Even if you go through multiple programs, you only complete in each certification once. You only get to experience each day once. You only live each moment once.

Isn’t that a rip-off?

Luckily, thanks to pictures, it doesn’t have to be. By preserving your special moments in pixels, you can go back and revisit them as much as you want.

This is especially helpful for those times when you’re feeling down on yourself. When you look back at a happy moment, or one where you achieved something you worked really hard for, you can remind yourself that whatever you’re going through now is only a temporary setback.

A cartoon star gives a thumbs up and says "You can do it!"

IGNITE wants to be a part of your memory-making.

While we’re sure you’re a certified selfie pro (you’re a student in 2021; how could you not be), there’s something extra-special about getting a professional photo done—especially for those really special moments.

2021 and 2022 grads: we’re talking to you! You can get your professional grad photos taken by Studio Nostalgia at an off-campus location between Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 and Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 by going to MyGradPhotosHumber.com.

Here’s how to book your appointment:

  1. If you haven’t yet, register for an account at MyGradPhotosHumber.com.
  2. Log in to your MyGradPhotosHumber account.
  3. Select “Book my appointment.”
  4. Select your date and time.

Then, all you need to bring to your appointment is your student number and a $10 deposit (and your winning smile, of course.)

Fill up your camera roll, friend. No matter what anyone says about it.

A woman takes a picture.

It’s OK—important, actually—to take lots of pictures while in school. Here are one Humber alum’s tips for an at-home photoshoot.

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