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Auntie SparkNotes: My Parents Are Making Me Study Music

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 19, 2016
Dear Auntie SparkNotes, I'm a senior in high school, and for almost my whole life, I've played violin. I'm home schooled so I can practice more and travel to competitions. My parents have always been my biggest supporters and pushed me to do my best. But... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Parents Are Making Me Study Music

The 25 Worst Ways to Start Your College Essay

By ElodieOctober 19, 2016
Writing a good college admissions essay is a mixture of luck and just straight-up sorcery. If you're having a hard time, you're not alone. Nobody is banging out an essay in twenty minutes and doing a celebratory backflip out their bedroom window just to bring it... More  →
The 25 Worst Ways to Start Your College Essay

HOT TAKE: Shakespeare's Thoughts on the 2016 Election

By Kit FraserOctober 19, 2016
Picture this: The bard behind a desk on CNN, a microphone clipped to his alarmingly large collar, his forehead gleaming nobly under the studio lights. He has a fabulous British accent. He has okay teeth. And despite the fact that he's been dead for roughly 400 years,... More  →
HOT TAKE: Shakespeare's Thoughts on the 2016 Election

The Graces Is the Witchy YA Novel of Your Dreams

By Emily BrownOctober 18, 2016
Laure Eve's The Graces is at the top of my book recs this fall, and not just because it decorates my room for the season better than a pumpkin ever could. It's everything I never knew I wanted in a book about witches. River, which is not her real... More  →
<i>The Graces</i> Is the Witchy YA Novel of Your Dreams

Auntie SparkNotes: My Friend Is Making Bad Choices

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 17, 2016
Dear Auntie, I have a best friend, I’ll call her Star, and we’ve been best friends since kindergarten. We’re both 21 now, and I love her dearly. The thing is, she comes from an abusive household. They forced her to pick a future career path... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Friend Is Making Bad Choices

You're Going to Want These New Harry Potter-Themed Brush Sets (Even if You Don't Wear Makeup)

By ElodieOctober 17, 2016
When I say I don’t wear makeup, I don’t mean it in a holier-than-thou way. I’m no better or worse than people who contour, except I’m definitely worse because you people are gods. I just mean that makeup and I shouldn’t have anything to do... More  →
You're Going to Want These New Harry Potter-Themed Brush Sets (Even if You Don't Wear Makeup)

Auntie SparkNotes: I'm Totally Left Out of College Hookup Culture

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 14, 2016
Dearest Auntie, I'm a college sophomore and a lesbian. College is going great except for one thing: the hookup culture. Last year, YikYak was really popular on campus. On weekend nights, many of the Yaks there were from people asking for hookups. I joined the party, saying... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I'm Totally Left Out of College Hookup Culture

J.K. Rowling Has Confirmed That We're Getting FIVE Whole Fantastic Beasts Movies!

By ElodieOctober 14, 2016
Personally, I hadn’t yet managed to get my head around the fact that we’re being blessed with a SINGLE Fantastic Beasts movie, much less an entire trilogy. And then J.K. Rowling was like, "Nah, scratch the trilogy thing; we’re doing a full-fledged SAGA." It’s been... More  →
J.K. Rowling Has Confirmed That We're Getting FIVE Whole <em>Fantastic Beasts</em> Movies!

Auntie SparkNotes: I'm Lying to Everyone About My Orientation

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 12, 2016
Hi Auntie SparkNotes, I've got a crush on my best friend. Tale as old as time, but it gets a lot more complicated. My parents are extremely Catholic, and while they aren't homophobic, they are probably transphobic, and I get the feeling that someone being gay... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I'm Lying to Everyone About My Orientation

How to Tell If You're About to Die in a Horror Movie

By ElodieOctober 11, 2016
I have never been in a horror movie, crouching in the shadows while an ax-wielding maniac lurks ever nearer, but I have watched at least two of those things (from between my fingers, with the lights on. The TV was also muted). From this I... More  →
How to Tell If You're About to Die in a Horror Movie