For anyone who’s ever been told to act their age, here’s some evidence for rebuttal. Northwestern students are proving you’re never too old to be a kid.
Take, for example, senior TJ Noble, whose apartment is home to over a hundred miniature Pokémon figurines, a binder brimming with Pokémon trading cards, Pokémon paintings he created and even a homemade Pikachu trash bin.
Noble got hooked on Pokémon as a child when his grandparents bought him one of the videogames.
Though he no longer has time to play the game, he still enjoys collecting the trading cards and figurines it inspired.
Disheartened by newer additions to the Pokémon roster, Noble prefers the initial generation of the creatures. He claims he can identify all 151 original Pokémon by name.
For senior Ashley Eades, there’s nothing like solving a mystery with Scooby-Doo and the gang.
Eades grew up watching the crime-busting canine on TV with her sister after school, and her love for the cartoon has stuck with her to this day.
“I love how all the different personalities work together,” Eades said. “You’ve got the jock, the ditzy popular girl, the nerd, the stoner kid and the dog. It’s like every high school clique working together.”
Though Eades doesn’t set aside time for watching the cartoon, she likes playing Scooby-Doo DVDs in the background while doing her homework. Eades owns all the episodes from the original 1969-1970 series.
“When you really think about it, it’s actually a really lame cartoon, but it’s still just so awesome,” she said.
Comic books are a hit with sophomore Isaiah Custer. He’s been reading them since he was little, and he’s accumulated more than 50 within the last five years.
Custer’s favorite retailer to purchase comic books from is a used bookstore in Maine that sells its products online.
Though Custer has spent less time reading comic books since coming to college because of required reading for class, he still enjoys getting them out occasionally when he needs some downtime by himself.
When sophomore Katie Shepard was little, she was known as “the monkey of the family,” and she still has a love for sock monkeys.
Shepard received her first sock monkey, named Monte, from her cousin when she was in elementary school. Tragically, Shepard eventually lost Monte on a family vacation.
Sock monkeys will never be endangered as long as Shepard’s around, though. She keeps three in her room as well as a pair of sock monkey slippers.
It just goes to show that growing up is overrated.