Things I've Learned in University

By Emily, age 20, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

On Saturday, April 18th, I finished my second year of university. I did my first year at a community college and then transferred my credits to Memorial University of Newfoundland. I'm a political science major, and my main interest is International Politics.

In my two years of university, I've learned a whole lot that I didn't need to take a class for. I'd like to bestow my knowledge upon you, our readers, so that hopefully you will use this knowledge to your advantage.

♥ Don't go drinking if you have a 1,000 word essay due the next day on a 25 page article that you didn't read.

♥ In fact, avoid drinking during the week, period. If you choose to ignore this, then get all of your work done first, and drink only enough to get you a little tipsy. Being hung over for class is not a good time.

♥ Always keep up with your readings! Your professor may not assign homework, but that doesn't mean you don't have any!

♥ Start studying for a test about a week ahead of time. This gives you time to procrastinate, but it also gives you time to realize that you need to study.

♥ If you live in a residence and you have a roommate, be considerate. Remember, you have to live with them for a long time. You might as well try to get along.

♥ If you eat at a dining hall, try to remember that you will gain weight if you eat too much.

♥ Although pajama pants are very comfortable for lonely morning classes, people start to look at you funny in the late afternoon.

♥ Personal hygiene is really important. I know this sounds kinda silly, but keep showering and doing your laundry, or else you will smell bad and people will talk about it behind your back (not a personal experience, by the way :).

♥ Don't get so drunk that you puke in a bar and have to be escorted home by a guy you barely know, and then wake up the next morning not remembering how you got into bed. Not only is this extremely dangerous, it's also extremely embarrassing to hear about the next day.

♥ Accept that the library is your best friend and that you are in a serious relationship. Doing so will make it easier to visit the library every day for long periods of time.

♥ If you choose to have sex, always wear a condom!

♥ Never procrastinate writing 2,500 word papers on subjects that you have to do a lot of research on. It will come back and bite you where it hurts.

♥ Pay attention to the guys you're dating. There's a reason he doesn't spend a whole lot of time with you.

I hope my "lessons I've learned the hard way" never happen to y'all, but if you come across these situations, make the right choices! You're adults now, so nobody is looking over your shoulder anymore.

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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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