Don't Just Be Another Number

By Lauren, age 19, California
Sweet Advice Featured Columnist

Is this your first year at a new school and you don't know anyone? Are you concerned about no one liking you? Well, I am here to help you.

After going to four different schools between 6th and 9th grade, and more recently finishing my first year in college, I have been in your shoes plenty of times. It never really does get any easier, but it's possible to beat the problem, whether you're starting at a new high school, a new junior high, or you're starting college. You can even do this if you just want to meet new people.

How do I do this? you ask. First, take the initiative and talk to people. People aren't often inclined to just go up and talk to you. So, in order to beat the problem of no one just walking up and talking to you, put yourself out there and talk to them instead.

You may be thinking, I'm shy ... I can never do that. Well, have you considered joining a club or a sport? Think about your interests, or even something you have always wanted to try, and go out for it.

Being involved in something you enjoy, you will be surrounded by a group of people with similar interests, allowing you to have common ground that you can bond over, especially if it's a sports or performance team. You will find yourself spending hours with these people every week, and after that much time it is nearly impossible not to become friends with them.

So don't sit back and find yourself becoming nothing more than just another student ID number or name in the yearbook. Instead, make a name for yourself. Find your inner confidence and become who you want to be.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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