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Painful Fashion Statements

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 25, 2010
We know that the headline probably made you think, "Eww, goofy shoulder pads and shirts with wolves on them!" And sure, you're right, but we're thinking more along the lines of "stuff that breaks your bones" and "substances that melt your face." Yes, today's fashion ... More  →
Painful Fashion Statements

Rejected Test Prep Techniques

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 23, 2010
Some study methods are obvious and effective. Others might seem sensible when you're in a haze of worry and sleepiness, but are, in fact, terrible. Here are some of the bad techniques: 1. Make sure you have a secluded, distraction-free place to study, like a local ... More  →
Rejected Test Prep Techniques

The Wonderful World of High School Media

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 19, 2010
Lots of schools have their own little media empires going, which cover everything from student concerns ("OPINION: The Gym Mats Are So Gross That I Think I Got Typhus From Them") to administrative announcements ("NOTICE: Gym Closed Until We Buy New Gym Mats"). If you go ... More  →
The Wonderful World of High School Media

Things You'll Find In Your Meanest Teacher's Desk

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 17, 2010
You know the guy we're talking about—he glares at you with the fury of a thousand suns, and he fails everyone he possibly can, laughing like a war criminal as he does. What is his deal? Does he have, like, human skulls in that desk? Well, ... More  →
Things You'll Find In Your Meanest Teacher's Desk

The Four Types of Favorite Teachers

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 11, 2010
Identifying a plain old good teacher is pretty straightforward: he or she understands things, and teaches you about those things, and then later, you remember them. Favorite teachers are harder to describe, because everyone defines "favorite teacher" differently. Some students like to be challenged, others ... More  →
The Four Types of Favorite Teachers

Incredibly Strange High School Sports

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 10, 2010
High school sports are usually a mixed bag: You want to pile on respectable activities to trick colleges into accepting you despite the egregious thing you did with cooking grease in the teachers' lounge, but then you look at the available sports, and they're all ... More  →
Incredibly Strange High School Sports

Decoding Body Language

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 4, 2010
As if life weren't unfair enough already, it turns out that your dumb unhelpful body is constantly broadcasting how you feel about stuff, entirely without your permission. You can say you're totally interested as your friend rambles on about the hottest fictional alien races, but ... More  →
Decoding Body Language

Internet-Challenged People, All Up in Your Internet!

By Jon_SkindzierMarch 2, 2010
The worst part of the internet, outside of most of it, is that at some point you'll probably have to explain it to some hapless person to whom all of this technology is an impossible mystery. For every internet citizen who spends 15 hours a ... More  →
Internet-Challenged People, All Up in Your Internet!

Let's Analyze Your Dreams

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 24, 2010
Pull up your psychology couch, if you have one lying around. Recline on it in a thoughtful manner. Now, uh, get up and come back to the computer so you can read the rest of this post. Let's talk about recurring dreams. Did you know that ... More  →
Let's Analyze Your Dreams

Your Very Worst Grade: What Went Wrong?

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 17, 2010
Everyone screws up a test at least once. We're all only human—fallible, ridiculous humans who sometimes completely forget what a triangle is, or sleep in just a little bit on Saturday only to discover upon waking up that it's actually 2 p.m. on Wednesday. If ... More  →
Your Very Worst Grade: What Went Wrong?