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Avoiding an Awful Yearbook Photo

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 20, 2010
Unless part of your life plan is to get arrested and provide the world with a hilariously weird mugshot, the picture most likely to embarrass you down the line will probably come from your yearbook. Granted, fashions change over time, and when it's The ... More  →
Avoiding an Awful Yearbook Photo

Driving Test Perils

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 19, 2010
Some kids coast through their driver’s license tests with confidence and aplomb. If you are one of these, then go buy some lottery tickets, because Lady Luck evidently wants to have your babies. The rest of us are beset on all sides by horrible perils, ... More  →
Driving Test Perils

What's Your Academic Superpower?

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 14, 2010
If you think about it, and then sort of lie a little bit, you guys are basically superheroes. In a chaotic world, you regularly confront tyranny and wickedness (high school), and against all odds (cruel teachers, kids you hate) achieve a noble goal (surviving high ... More  →
What's Your Academic Superpower?

What Does Your Locker Say About You?, Part II

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 7, 2010
A few SparkLife writers have different ideas about what the inside of your locker really means. To check out Kia's interpretation, read What Does Your Locker Say About You?, Part I! —SparkNotes editors There are plenty of effective, sciencey ways to gauge your personality, but what ... More  →
What Does Your Locker Say About You?,  Part II

If You Can Survive A High School Cafeteria…

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 5, 2010
Most students enjoy high school cafeterias only slightly more than they enjoy being relentlessly punched in the nose, so the fact that cafeterias are awful is not much of a headline. But to take that a step further, we're here to make the case that ... More  →
If You Can Survive A High School Cafeteria…

Doing Internet Research Like It's Your Job (It Sort of Is)

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 24, 2009
When you're looking for really specific sources for a research paper, the internet might seem like a hopeless maze of teeth-whitening ads and outright lies. This does not have to be the case! We're here to help, which is fortunate, because the internet isn't going ... More  →
Doing Internet Research Like It's Your Job (It Sort of Is)

Anatomy of a First-Ever Research Paper

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 24, 2009
Today, I bring you a guest post from SparkLife blogger Jon Skindzier. Enjoy! When it comes to research papers, students fall into one of three categories: Lucky kids, who wrote their first research papers in middle school (though at the time it probably felt more like ... More  →
Anatomy of a First-Ever Research Paper

Getting, and Surviving, a High School Job

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 23, 2009
Landing a Very First Real Job can be intimidating. But it's actually not hard if you just keep a few tips in mind: 1.) Apply to places you actually like. ... More  →
Getting, and Surviving, a High School Job

The Confusing World of High School Mascots

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 18, 2009
Pro sports teams sink millions of dollars into managing their images, and they still manage to wind up with some resoundingly unimpressive mascots. High school athletic directors, on the other hand, usually just flip a biology textbook to a random page and pick whatever animal ... More  →
The Confusing World of High School Mascots

The School Commute

By Jon_SkindzierDecember 15, 2009
Much of human existence is spent traveling from Point A to Point B. Or, as is often the case in high school, trudging in the freezing rain from Point A to Point C, where you await a clunky, falling-apart bus with an ornery driver who ... More  →
The School Commute