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Open Thread for August 23

By SparkLifeAugust 23, 2011
Another gem from the brilliant mind of InsaneRunningKid: Like Metalhead865 suggested a while back, we should really make some high quality SparkNotes shirts.Like these ones. Then we could totally plan a Day to Sparkle (I came up with that, be sure to cite... More  →
Open Thread for August 23

How's College??????

By EmmaAugust 22, 2011
Some of you Sparklers are at college for the first time this week, and we want to know: HOW IS IT? Do you like your roommate? Did you cry when you said bye to your mom? Are the communal bathrooms stressing you out? Have you made... More  →
How's College??????

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

By ShivAugust 22, 2011
Arranging a dorm room is a lot like playing Tetris. Luckily, I rock at Tetris. Which means I easily transitioned into being a dorm room domestic. Here at college, I've been making friends with a pretty simple method: I bake cookies and use them to bribe... More  →
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Send Us Your First Day of School Pics!

By Emily WinterAugust 22, 2011
For the first day of school, you are... a. stapling a purple beret to your head to make sure everyone knows what a culture-filled summer you had. b. dressing as a punk rock ice glitter princess. School is a circus full of phonies—might as well enjoy it. c.... More  →
Send Us Your First Day of School Pics!

How To Be Great On The Phone

By Rachel KorowitzAugust 22, 2011

Just as there's an art to emailing, texting, IMing, Facebook posting, glexting*, Tweeting, tumbleblogging, Morse Code-ing, and T-Rexting**, there's an art to that most ancient form of communication known as "talking on the phone." Follow these tips to impress besties and disapproving adults alike with

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How To Be Great On The Phone

One Last Late Night Summer Adventure

By Jennifer GrudzieckiAugust 22, 2011
Love this playlist sent in by an anonymous Sparkler. What a way to end the summer! 1. "The Shake" by The Elms 2. "Inches and Falling" by The Format 3. "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N." by Noah and the Whale 4. "Kilojoules" by Freelance Whales 5. More  →
One Last Late Night Summer Adventure

An Awesome Disney Medley!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiAugust 22, 2011
What better way to celebrate an awesome day—my first back at SparkNotes—than with an awesome Disney medley? (Hint: there is no better way.) Send in your favorite videos to contribute@sparknotes.com!... More  →
An Awesome Disney Medley!

Uh, Anyone Know How to Do Laundry in College?

By ContributorAugust 22, 2011
Faye's off to college! And she's almost done blogging the ultimate college prep guide, THE NAKED ROOMMATE. —Sparkitors There’s a kind of phenomenon that only occurs from middle to late August. It’s triggered when a person looks at a calendar or is told the... More  →
Uh, Anyone Know How to Do Laundry in College?

Little Black Dresses, Oversized Tees, and Finally Finding My Confidence

By ContributorAugust 22, 2011
BonnieBellez struggled with insecurity, but now she knows she's awesome inside and out!—Sparkitors Most of us tend to equate "confidence" with a drop-dead gorgeous person dressed to the nines. We might envision designer brands, spanking-new trend-setting boots, and a... More  →
 Little Black Dresses, Oversized Tees, and Finally Finding My Confidence

Makeover: From Preppy to Rock n' Roll

By ApneetAugust 22, 2011
Stephen's preppy look was getting a bit drab. Here we have him in his typical uniform. This porridge- and concrete-colored outfit doesn't exactly show his wild side. (All clothing provided by Buffalo Exchange.) More  →
Makeover: From Preppy to Rock 'N Roll