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Sorting the Characters from The Great Gatsby into Hogwarts Houses

By ElodieNovember 2, 2017
The Great Gatsby is a book about awful people running around doing awful things, which is why the idea of dropping the Sorting Hat onto each and every one of their morally deficient heads is particularly appealing to me. I did this last time with... More  →
Sorting the Characters from <em>The Great Gatsby</em> into Hogwarts Houses

To Kill a Mockingjay & 3 More Classic Lit/YA Mashups We'd Totally Read

By Taylor NolesNovember 2, 2017
Ever wonder what it would be like if Shakespeare and J.K. Rowling had combined forces to write Hamlet? Well wonder no more, dear Sparkler: below are four mashups of your favorite YA and classic novels that we would LOVE to see.  More  →
<em>To Kill a Mockingjay</em> & 3 More Classic Lit/YA Mashups We'd Totally Read

What Every Zodiac Sign Should Write About For Their College Application Essay

By Maura Barry-GarlandNovember 2, 2017
College essay season is upon us, and we know that it might be tempting to make up an inspiring story about, say, saving an orphaned kitten from rabid sharks in the middle of a hurricane or something. But admissions officers aren't looking for cookie-cutter essays, or even aw More  →
What Every Zodiac Sign Should Write About For Their College Application Essay

Auntie SparkNotes: He Rejected Me and I Can't Act Normal

By kat_rosenfieldNovember 1, 2017
Dear Auntie, No surprise here: so there's a boy. I've been crushing on him for half a year now, and about a month ago I—with no precursor flirting whatsoever—abruptly confessed my feelings to him (I know, second-hand embarrassment all around; I've since read Sparklife's very own... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: He Rejected Me and I Can't Act Normal

How to Email Your College Professor Without Making a Fool of Yourself

By ElodieNovember 1, 2017
I myself could never be a teacher, but I have friends who have taken up the challenge heroically. Friend #1 teaches kindergarten; she is responsible for twenty-seven (TWENTY-SEVEN) disorderly hellions who cry, poop, and throw Legos with impunity. Friend #2 is a college TA. When... More  →
How to Email Your College Professor Without Making a Fool of Yourself

QUIZ: How Stressed Are You?

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 1, 2017
Everyone responds to stress differently. For example, if you just shouted "I'M NOT STRESSED AT ALL I'M COMPLETELY FINE," even though that was just the title of the post and not a personal question, then you are probably pretty stressed. If you are too busy... More  →
QUIZ: How Stressed Are You?

Dating With Science: Guys Prefer Compatibility To "Hotness"

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 1, 2017
Science Fact: Men think they value attractiveness over other positive traits, but personality is more important to them than they realize. Explanation: It often seems like physical attractiveness is the most important thing in the world. Already-beautiful women can only More  →
Dating With Science: Guys Prefer Compatibility To "Hotness"

QUIZ: How Would You Die in a Horror Novel?

By ElodieOctober 31, 2017
So you’re in a horror novel, which means you’re probably going to die. (This goes double if you’re a female love interest in an Edgar Allan Poe story.) But how? Only this quiz will tell. ... More  →
QUIZ: How Would You Die in a Horror Novel?