Over 23 years ago one of the greatest teen comedies of the 90s was released. Clueless may be a 90s film, but the story line and life lessons we can all learn from our favorite valley girl are anything but dated.

Know your standards

When Cher and Dionne first take Tai under their wing they tell Tai that Cher doesn’t date high school boys. Cher has very specific standards for what she seeks in a man and she doesn’t allow herself to date just anyone. We could all learn to know our worth and value ourselves from Cher.

Party in moderation

When Tai shows interest in Travis, Cher reminds her that getting too involved with that friend group could lead her down the wrong path. Cher reminds her friend that partying is better done in moderation.

Fight for what you want

When Cher first gets her report card back and sees grades that she isn’t too happy about, she tells her dad that the report card isn’t ready yet, and decides to negotiate with her teachers. This practice is something that I’ve adopted myself. If I don’t agree with my professor’s comments on a paper I write or homework I do, I don’t sit back and watch my grade slip, I go into their office hours and tell them why I think the work I did is worth a higher grade. Professors will respect students that put up a fight for their grades.

It’s important to be well-rounded

When Cher and Dionne decide to give Tai a makeover, they don’t just want to make over the way she dresses. Cher teaches her how to exercise, makes her pick a book to read for fun, has her start working to improve her vocabulary, and tells her they should do “something good for mankind or the planet for a couple of hours.” Cher knows what it means to be well rounded, and to take care of her mind and body, as well as help others.

Family is forever

When Cher learns that her former step-brother Josh is coming over for dinner, she complains. Her dad reminds her that he is family. “You divorce wives, not children,” he says. We can all take notes from Cher and her dad on how to treat our family members.

“Tis a far, far better thing to do stuff for other people,”

When Cher and Dionne decide to meddle in their teachers’ love lives, they note how good it feels to see other people happy. We can all take a note from Cher and Dionne on selflessness and remember that “tis a far, far better thing doing stuff for other people.”

Fake it ‘til you make it

We all have to start somewhere. Whether that’s with politics, or any other field that you’re going into. You aren’t going to know everything right from the beginning but the more you read and talk to others about the topic the more you’ll start to realize that you really understand it.

There’s nothing wrong with being picky

When Tai discovers that Cher is a virgin, she tells her that she isn’t interested in giving herself up to just anyone. In choosing boys, and in life in general, it’s okay to be picky.

Sometimes you find love where you least expect it

Everyone remembers the plot twist ending of Clueless where Cher falls in love with her former-step-brother, Josh. She never expected that someone who she saw as annoying would be someone she would later fall in love with. Cher kept an open mind and found love where she least expected it. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on something that could be really good!

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“Georgia Gallagher is a graduating senior at The University of Alabama, where she is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science. When she’s not studying, she can be found running political organizations on campus, writing, and advocating for pro-life policies. She often says that her planner is second only to her Bible and she’s never caught without a cup of coffee in her hand.”