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Chris Listens: Medication, Confirmation, and the Pressure to Pursue Higher Education

By Chris_DikenDecember 1, 2009
Hey, where were all of you last Thursday? Didn't I invite everyone over to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving dinner? Didn't I explain how she recently purchased a football stadium so she now has room for over 80,000 guests? Well, in any case,... More  →
Chris Listens: Medication, Confirmation, and the Pressure to Pursue Higher Education

Dagger University: Roommate Dilemma

By Chelsea DaggerDecember 1, 2009
Hi Chelsea! So, I go to a pretty affluent school—one of the top 50 ranked universities in the US. I have three roommates and we just can't seem to understand each other a lot of the time. I am from a background of immigrants and an... More  →
Dagger University: Roommate Dilemma

The Diary of Ashley Spencer: Home—and Not Just for the Holidays

By Ashley SpencerDecember 1, 2009
Last week, I wrote about my conundrum: to move out, or not to move out? Well, I've made what one might call a fiscally responsible decision (doesn’t that sound about as fun as sitting through a six-hour lecture on hedge funds?) I decided that... More  →
The Diary of Ashley Spencer: Home—and Not Just for the Holidays

Auntie SparkNotes: Being a Somebody

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 1, 2009
Dear Auntie Sparknotes, It's a little embarrassing to talk about this, but this is really stressing me out. See, I always get really good marks in school and, because of this, it seems that EVERYONE expects me to become "A Somebody". All my teachers, relatives, friends... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Being a Somebody

Big Fat Books: Three Reasons to Love 'Em

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 1, 2009
Anyone who's ever taken an English class knows that when it comes to classic literature, things can go from zero to "this sucks" in the blink of an eye. One minute you're doing some easily-digestible reading, happily parsing Shakespearean sonnets or witticizing with Dorothy Parker...and... More  →
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Rating Your School Counselors

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 30, 2009
School counselors should be thrilled to help you. Why? Because unlike teachers, school counselors (or guidance counselors) have pretty much one task, and one task only: to advise you about your present life and your post-high school choices. And when a counselor cannot perform... More  →
Rating Your School Counselors

50 Things We Hate About Christmas

By ContributorNovember 30, 2009
In the Dan Bergstein tradition of 50 Things, British Sparkler villanous_mwaha has come up with a funny list 50 things we wouldn't mind skipping this holiday season. —SparkNotes editors Everyone loves a good ol’ bit-o-Christmas (unless the holiday coincides with a significant negative point... More  →
50 Things We Hate About Christmas

Holiday Gifting on a Budget

By Julie KrautNovember 30, 2009
This recession is killing us. Babysitting money isn’t what it used to be, and your allowance has probably seen some major budget cuts. Even with this restricted money flow, you’ve managed to get your parents the ultimate gift—a coupon book for free hugs—but that’s probably... More  →
Holiday Gifting on a Budget

Cute Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterNovember 30, 2009
Warning: Watching this YouTube vid could lead to a cuteness overdose. If you end up in the hospital, don't blame us editors: This week's Cute Thing came from an anonymous Sparkler. What's this adorable kitten thinking? Write your interpretation in the comments for a chance... More  →
Cute Thing of the Week

Blowing Up the Holidays

By Dan_BergsteinNovember 30, 2009
The turkey has been eaten, the parade has ended, and the Thanksgiving tree has been taken down and put away in storage until next year. Now, it's on to Christmas. Over the past five years, one of the most popular forms of holiday decorations has been... More  →
Blowing Up the Holidays