As an adult, I think I'm cool when I make it through the day without a nap. But in the '90s, you were all that and a bag of chips when you were much more rebellious. I'm talking staying up past your bedtime to prank call the principal and ditching out of your babysitting job to go make out with your crush at the movie theater. Things like that would definitely improve your cool status with the kids on the playground. I think we were always scared of getting in trouble, but that was half the thrill. You weren't really all that unless there was some kind of risk involved.
I was your typical good girl, and a major overachiever. I couldn't be concerned with coolness — not when there were rules to follow and adults to obey. So I sat by and watched as my classmates and friends were so totally, awesomely cool wearing crop tops and staying out during recess longer than they were supposed to and giving the substitute teacher a fake name during roll call.
And of course, there were these other things we did when we really wanted to be all that and a bag of chips.