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How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

By Amelia BienstockJanuary 8, 2016
You might have a "great" admissions essay about the time you volunteered in Haiti for five days stuffed in your cannon, ready to fire off at the next college that catches your heart, but if you want to stand apart from the crowd and wake... More  →
How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

Black-ish Star Yara Shahidi Give Us Some Brilliant Study Tips (& Weighs in on Our Favorite Hot-Button Issue)

By SparkLifeDecember 3, 2015
Not only is 15-year-old Yara Shahidi one of the stars of the hit TV show Black-ish, she's also a high school student with a full roster of AP classes, and—as evidenced by the picture above—the definition of #blazergoals. As if all that weren't enough, in... More  →
<i>Black-ish</i> Star Yara Shahidi Give Us Some Brilliant Study Tips (& Weighs in on Our Favorite Hot-Button Issue)

Detractors Gonna Detract: The Week's Celebrity Gossip, Featuring SAT Vocabulary

By Maura Barry-GarlandSeptember 25, 2015

Tired of parents and teachers who say “celebrity news is insipid drivel that corrodes your brain”? You can shake off their negativity (and become more erudite in the process) by perusing the only celebrity news

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Detractors Gonna Detract: The Week's Celebrity Gossip, Featuring SAT Vocabulary

"Reach For the Stars-But Only If the Peacekeepers Instruct You To": Excerpts from Graduation Speeches by Literary Villains!

By Jessie GaynorJune 3, 2015
Graduation season is upon us, Sparklers! And sure, every school wants to score a great speaker to inspire its graduating class, but heroes and heroines are so overbooked this time of year. Why not consider a villain instead? Here’s a preview of the words of wisdom that som More  →
"Reach For the Stars-But Only If the Peacekeepers Instruct You To": Excerpts from Graduation Speeches by Literary Villains!

Gifts Your Fave Teacher Will Actually Like

By Kathryn_WilliamsNovember 19, 2014
Earrings, a framed photo of the two of you, reindeer undies? Nope, nope, DEFINITELY nope, according to state law and this Police song. It’s hard finding a truly thoughtful and cool gift for your favorite teacher. It's like you’re friends, but you’re not, like, friend More  →
Gifts Your Fave Teacher Will Actually Like

The ULTIMATE College Roommate Survey

By Emily BrownNovember 10, 2014
Now that we’re all about halfway through the semester, it’s safe to assume you have a slowly brewed a strong opinion of your roommate in the crockpot that is your brain. Chances are you are either a) the same person in different bodies (you both... More  →
The ULTIMATE College Roommate Survey

20 Reasons School Should Start Later

By Bo LarkinApril 14, 2014
  Have you ever woken from a nice night's sleep only to find yourself already halfway through the school day? Maybe it’s about time the school system wised up a bit and started teaching us after we’ve regained consciousness. Here are 20 perfectly logical... More  →
20 Reasons School Should Start Later

10 People You'll Meet in Gym Class

By Bo Larkin and Erika GeorgeFebruary 27, 2014
What is it about gym class that makes relatively normal students into grunting nuts? It should be a time of day for academic rest, when everyone disappears into the smelly locker room and emerges ready to burn off some steam after that embarrassing lunchtime milk-shooting-ou More  →
10 People You'll Meet in Gym Class