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9 Ways to Deal with Homesickness When You Go Off to College

By ElodieAugust 21, 2017
Going off to college is the rough equivalent of being pushed out of an airplane with no parachute. Now, it's true that I've never actually been pushed out of an airplane with no parachute, but that's not going to stop me from using this metaphor... More  →
9 Ways to Deal with Homesickness When You Go Off to College

Auntie SparkNotes: New Kid Nerves

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 21, 2017
Auntie SparkNotes is off this week, so we are bringing you VINTAGE Auntie posts from the vault! Dear Auntie, This year, I'm going to a big public school. Last year, I was home schooled. Before that, I went to a small private school, so I'm not used... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: New Kid Nerves

Charlie Weasley, Angelina Johnson, & 8 More of Our Fave Under-Appreciated Harry Potter Characters

By Klara SteevesAugust 21, 2017
With the golden trio always hogging the limelight (GAWD, HARRY, TRY SOME HUMILITY FOR A CHANGE), a lot of amazing characters—like Dean Thomas, Susan Bones, and Regulus "if loving him is wrong, we don't want to be right" Black—didn't get the attention they deserved. Thank More  →
Charlie Weasley, Angelina Johnson, & 8 More of Our Fave Under-Appreciated <em>Harry Potter</em> Characters

Auntie SparkNotes: Did I Choose the Wrong College?

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 18, 2017
Attention, Sparklers! Auntie will be on vacation until the end of August, but check back here on the usual schedule for fun, retro columns you might have missed the first time around. Dear Auntie, I am heading off to college in the fall, and for the most... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Did I Choose the Wrong College?

Every Literary Genre Summed Up in a Single Sentence

By ElodieAugust 18, 2017
Back in the olden days, there were only like three types of book: 1) epic poetry, 2) Latin prose, and 3) ancient Greek plays where the gods were constantly punishing people for things like "stealing stuff" and "being prideful one time." Over the years, we’ve accumulated m More  →
Every Literary Genre Summed Up in a Single Sentence

Which First-Day-of-School Trope Are You?

By ElodieAugust 18, 2017
The time has come to grit our teeth, put on some pants, and return to that doom prison some people call "school." Gone are the days of eating Cheetos for every meal, of forgetting what day it is, of spending every waking moment just being vaguely... More  →
Which First-Day-of-School Trope Are You?

All the Books on Your English Syllabus Summed Up in Pie Charts

By ElodieAugust 17, 2017
Here at SparkNotes, our stance on books has always been favorable. We like them. We think they’re great. We’re book lovers first, and human beings second. But this doesn’t change the fact that some books are long, unwieldy, and difficult to start (but easy to let langu More  →
All the Books on Your English Syllabus Summed Up in Pie Charts

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Greek Gods & Goddesses?

By Taylor NolesAugust 17, 2017
Get over here, mortal. Think you can hang with the deities? First, you gotta be able to tell me which god liked a nice glass of sauvignon blanc. Then we can talk about lightning bolts. ... More  →
QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Greek Gods & Goddesses?