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By Lauren, age 19, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer & Advice Columnist

My name is Lauren. I am 19 years old, from lovely Southern California. Some of you have met me before on an early cover (June '07). Since then my life has changed drastically.

When you all heard from me last I was just graduating from high school. Now a year and a half later I am a sophomore in college. At the time of graduation I had little idea of exactly what I wanted to do. At the time I was thinking of heading into computer science or psychology along with pre-law. Well, that has definitely changed since then.

I did at first try to follow my original plans starting with computer science, but since then I've realized it just wasn't what I was intended to do in life. I changed to psychology like my second plan had been, but instead of heading into pre-law or some type of law force division I've come to realize my passion is with children and adolescents. I am instead going to study psychology and minor in art, and possibly double minor in child development. I plan to go to school and get a master's degree. I intend to do Art Therapy.

Photography - My New Hobby

In the last year and a half I have experienced many exciting things in my life. I have experienced culture in art and life that without being located where I am I never would have been able to do. I have gone to many museums, spent many days at the beach, picked up photography as a hobby, joined my university's sailing team and outdoors program, and during this time I have also rediscovered my faith, and I continue to do so. I have discovered what true friendship is. I also have learned to live.

To many hearing that I have learned to live may sound cliche, but it is the honest truth. To be honest, in high school I did not often talk to my family. I wasn't depressed, but I wasn't happy either. I can honestly and wholeheartedly say now that I enjoy life. I look forward to each day. I look forward to being at school. I feel blessed to be at the school I am. And most importantly I have rediscovered my faith which was lacking in some areas during high school.

My Modeling Photos by Christopher McWhorter Photography

In all of this I have continued to write for Sweet Designs Magazine. Even though I have had an overload of school and social life, often causing Stephanie many headaches, I write because I believe Sweet Designs is a positive way for students to have an outlet for their creativity. I also believe it positively influences students by allowing them to have someone to ask about issues and have positive articles to read, unlike many other magazines.

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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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