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What Every Zodiac Sign Should Write About For Their College Application Essay

By Maura Barry-GarlandNovember 2, 2017
College essay season is upon us, and we know that it might be tempting to make up an inspiring story about, say, saving an orphaned kitten from rabid sharks in the middle of a hurricane or something. But admissions officers aren't looking for cookie-cutter essays, or even aw More  →
What Every Zodiac Sign Should Write About For Their College Application Essay

Auntie SparkNotes: He Rejected Me and I Can't Act Normal

By kat_rosenfieldNovember 1, 2017
Dear Auntie, No surprise here: so there's a boy. I've been crushing on him for half a year now, and about a month ago I—with no precursor flirting whatsoever—abruptly confessed my feelings to him (I know, second-hand embarrassment all around; I've since read Sparklife's very own... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: He Rejected Me and I Can't Act Normal

How to Email Your College Professor Without Making a Fool of Yourself

By ElodieNovember 1, 2017
I myself could never be a teacher, but I have friends who have taken up the challenge heroically. Friend #1 teaches kindergarten; she is responsible for twenty-seven (TWENTY-SEVEN) disorderly hellions who cry, poop, and throw Legos with impunity. Friend #2 is a college TA. When... More  →
How to Email Your College Professor Without Making a Fool of Yourself

Dating With Science: Guys Prefer Compatibility To "Hotness"

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 1, 2017
Science Fact: Men think they value attractiveness over other positive traits, but personality is more important to them than they realize. Explanation: It often seems like physical attractiveness is the most important thing in the world. Already-beautiful women can only More  →
Dating With Science: Guys Prefer Compatibility To "Hotness"

The DOs and DEFINITELY DON'Ts of Text Flirting

By Emily BrownOctober 31, 2017
Flirting is one among the many mysteries of the human condition. Where do you put your hands when someone whose mouth you wouldn't mind having on your own mouth is talking to you? Where do you look? At your hands that you don't know where to put? And how do you stop yourself More  →
The DOs and DEFINITELY DON'Ts of Text Flirting

Open Thread for October 31!

By SparkLifeOctober 31, 2017
Happy Halloween, Sparklers! :D ... More  →
Open Thread for October 31!

Auntie SparkNotes: How Do I Invite My Frenemy to Dinner Without Being Awkward?

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 30, 2017
Hi Auntie! So I just turned 16, and my mom wants to throw this big party to celebrate. I convinced her to tone it down to a nice dinner, but she wants to invite quite a few people. I have trouble coming up with more... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: How Do I Invite My Frenemy to Dinner Without Being Awkward?