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Are You Too Old To Trick-or-Treat?

By laura_buchholzOctober 7, 2009
Yes. If you are reading this, you are probably  too old, and likely, you already knew that. But maybe you’re still not sure. Maybe you already have your spider costume and your bag all ready and you’ve been mapping out the good candy houses with... More  →
Are You Too Old To Trick-or-Treat?

Auntie SparkNotes: The Unattainable Crush (or, Jack Ryan Will Emotionally Cripple You)

By kat_rosenfieldOctober 7, 2009
We're almost done with this week's advice-giving marathon! Today, a classic romantic conundrum: Okay. So I have just started my freshmen year of high school, so there are a lot of new guys around. There's this one who I have taken a bit of a fancy... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: The Unattainable Crush (or, Jack Ryan Will Emotionally Cripple You)

"It's Not a Big Deal," and Other Annoying Things Friends Say When You're Upset

By Katie_RolnickOctober 7, 2009
Let's say you just found out that your crush has asked someone else to Homecoming. Or maybe you just got back your algebra midterm and you did wayyyy worse than you expected (and you didn't expect to do that great). Or maybe you just dropped... More  →

Can a High Schooler Hack It In College Classes?

By ContributorOctober 7, 2009
Sparkler nednettinc weighs in on the community college scene from the unique perspective of a high school student. Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Highlighters + Facebook + Skittles = College. Let me clarify. I am a high school senior taking two community college classes. A typical... More  →
Can a High Schooler Hack It In College Classes?

Time for Breakfast!

By laura_buchholzOctober 6, 2009
Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But maybe you’re bored with the usual offerings. Corn Flakes. Raisin Bran. Grape Nuts. Wheaties. They’re so general. So old school. Do these cereals really... More  →
Time for Breakfast!

Advice to Freshies

By ContributorOctober 6, 2009
Sparkler dannydoesntrun824 has some really great tips for people who've recently begun their high school careers. Enjoy! —SparkNotes Editors Welcome, freshman! You’ve survived the first few weeks of school and should give yourselves a pat on the back. I understand that many of you... More  →
Advice to Freshies

50 Ways to Spend Your Sick Day

By Matt_HunzikerOctober 6, 2009
It's flu season again, and if the past several months of news stories are any indication, we're headed for a doozy. Over the next few weeks, your fellow students are going to start dropping off the daily roll-call like flies. Don't be surprised to see... More  →
50 Ways to Spend Your Sick Day

Get Sacked

By Emily WinterOctober 6, 2009
Welcome to the world of SAT vocab novels, where reading is mandatory, treats are prohibited, and nobody leaves without putting in a good word about motifs or something French. Just kidding! Here's how this really works: Every Sunday we're going to post a chapter of a brand... More  →
Get Sacked

Baseless Complaints About Young People, Part 1: Writing

By Jon_SkindzierOctober 6, 2009
For as long as there have been young people, there have been old people who do not like them. Sometimes the old people sort of have a point—like maybe they're wondering why Lil' Wayne keeps rapping about Martians—but usually the complaints just range... More  →
Baseless Complaints About Young People, Part 1: Writing

Haiku! Bless You.

By Kathryn_WilliamsOctober 5, 2009
One of our favorite kinds of poetry is haiku. And nooooo, it's not just because it's only three lines long. Okay, yes, maybe that's why. But anyway, it's a highly regarded form of Japanese verse. So lay off. And what better way to express... More  →
Haiku! Bless You.