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Can Nerds Reinvent Themselves for College?

By Emily WinterFebruary 18, 2009
We at SparkNotes know real college prep can't be taught in a 6-week Kaplan course, at least for some high schoolers. ...And by "some" we mean "nerds." If you've ever fantasized about reinventing your frizz-headed, unfashionable self into a College Franken-Beauty (Think Jessica Alba meets Jessica Simpson... More  →

True Confessions of High School Kid: Trapped in Chair Prison

By Thagsana_RFebruary 18, 2009
Whether you’re a “Minor Niner” or “Superior Senior,” a day of high school is never complete without a visit from Mr. Humiliation. Before you know it, he’s kicking your butt and you’re crashing to the floor—literally. Last week, I was running to my first class: Biology. As... More  →

The Worst Sex (Education) in History

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 18, 2009
Florida's bay area is experiencing a huge increase in STDs, with rates of infection among teenagers nearly doubled since the 1990s. It's a statistic that doesn't make any sense (didn't we just hear that you guys are having less sex these days?) except... More  →

25 Signs You Like Your Job Way Too Much

By Dan_BergsteinFebruary 18, 2009
Having an after-school job is a necessity, but most of the jobs available to high schools students are in the soul-crushing world of retail. Despite your best efforts to make this just a temporary position, some after-school jobs have a way of sucking... More  →

On Repeat: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

By Chris_DikenFebruary 16, 2009
This Valentine’s Day, the handsome androids known as the Jonas Brothers tried to win our affection with a spirited performance on Saturday Night Live. Good try, young dudes, but our official V Day soundtrack was determined weeks in advance. Few bands out there... More  →

How Would You Punish the Perpetrator of Poison Peanut Pandemonium?

By kat_rosenfieldFebruary 16, 2009
Stewart Parnell is a bad, bad man. Investigators recently unearthed a spate of emails from the Peanut Corp. owner and operator; the correspondence suggests that Parnell knowingly shipped the salmonella-tainted products that unleashed the grisly specter of peanut-flavored death on the American public.... More  →

Hate Doing Math Homework? Transfer to Mime School

By Dan_BergsteinFebruary 16, 2009
No one enjoys homework. That's why it's not called "Rad Work," or "Skull Robot Tasks." But homework is an inevitable part of education, even at unusual institutes of learning. We here at SparkNotes rounded up our favorite unorthodox schools, and while we're not... More  →

The Ultimate Car for Winter Driving

By Chris_DikenFebruary 13, 2009
Unless you have the chance to take your car into a snowboard park, driving in the winter kinda sucks. You have to deal with dead batteries, butt-freezing seats, and slippery conditions that can turn a trip to the store into an impromptu meeting... More  →

And the Saddest Valentine Award Goes To...

By Emily WinterFebruary 13, 2009
Buck up, you broke and lonely lust puppies: Turns out you won't be the one to have the WORST VALENTINE'S DAY IN THE WORLD, after all. But these five people will! 5. A-Rod the 'Roidster. Okay, did anyone really think baseball's most... More  →

How To Handle Teachers In Public

By Dan_BergsteinFebruary 13, 2009
It's hard to believe, but teachers have lives outside of school. What's more, the world is small enough that on any given weekend, you have a 63% chance of seeing a teacher out in the wild. When you spot such a teacher, your... More  →