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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?

A Typical Visit to the School Nurse

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 10, 2010
Ahh, the school nurse! Visiting him/her is an experience with all the dignity of medical prodding and all the fun of nobody believing you're sick. This exciting ordeal awaits you every single time you need two Advil, because trying to bring your own will cause ... More  →
A Typical Visit to the School Nurse

The Best (And Worst) Parts Of Your School

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 4, 2010
Every school has its own unique geography—the nice parts, the gross parts, the parts of those parts that are falling apart. Every room and hallway has a personality, from the bureaucratic, teacher-y feel of the principal's office to the animated, boisterous commons, and then also ... More  →
The Best (And Worst) Parts Of Your School

Political Conversations?! Nooooo!!

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 3, 2010
If you have absolutely no interest in arguing about politics, then you may have noticed that people who can only talk about politics are hopelessly drawn to you. They can't help themselves. They can barely keep from crashing through your bedroom window at night ... More  →
Political Conversations?! Nooooo!!

Oh No! It's Bad Metaphors and Similes!

By Jon_SkindzierFebruary 1, 2010
"All the world's a stage," mused Shakespeare as he finished watching Jersey Shore, "and all the men and women merely players." But wait! Don’t look around for a stage director or worry that you've apparently forgotten your lines; this was merely a metaphor, a device ... More  →
Oh No! It's Bad Metaphors and Similes!

Et Tu, Computer?

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 27, 2010
Computers are unique in the entire history of inventions, in that each and every one of them is both a miracle of productivity and a crafty disaster that wants you to fail all your classes. Whether it drives you moderately insane with its many enticing ... More  →
Et Tu, Computer?

Swim Tests: Should They Be Completely Illegal?

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 22, 2010
Yes. Yes they should. If that analysis isn't convincing enough for you, then you must be one of those kids, the ones who draw favorable comparisons to water-dwelling mammals while the rest of us are just try to swim marginally better than, say, a television. But ... More  →
Swim Tests: Should They Be Completely Illegal?

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?