A New Life

By Kate, age 18, New Hampshire
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Editor's Note: Kate plans to take us all with her to college this fall, reporting on her adventures and misadventures as a college freshman. Be sure to check in on her progress in future issues. Readers would also be interested in your perspective on your high school or college experience and any advice you may have.

Can you believe it? School is finally out! But it seems that this summer is going by so quickly, and soon school will be starting again. For some of us, though, it will be a whole new school in a whole new location with whole new people! It can be scary, but don't forget how exciting it can be too!

By now, if you are going to college, you've probably found out who your roommate is, your classes, and so on. I have already started talking to my roommate on Facebook. She is so awesome! If you haven't by now, and you have an account on Facebook, I suggest looking up your roomie and start getting to know each other. It will definitely help to make things less awkward on the first day.

Also, talk to your roomie about your dorm. Since you will both be sharing, it will be good to know what you and your roomie like and dislike. Maybe you can buy matching bed sets, or maybe you'll each want to have completely different sides in the room. (Kind of like that Target commercial.)

You also should decide who should bring what. My roomie won a mini fridge in some contest she entered at her school, and I just got a brand new HD TV for my birthday, so we decided we would bring those. No need for two TVs or mini fridges!

Decorating your dorm room and moving in can be a lot of fun, so don't stop at plain bed sheets! Fill up your room with anything and everything. Colorful chairs, lamps, rugs, and other little knick knacks can help make your dorm your own personal space. It's like your second bedroom away from home. You'll want to feel comfortable and want it to reflect who you are as a person.

What to bring to college can be a stress, though. For most colleges, they will have a website for new students, including a list of what they suggest you bring and leave at home. Print out this list and take it with you when you hit up the stores. Look for discounts! You won't regret it!

I know no one wants to think about school right now, but summer is already, like, halfway over! Before you know it, you will be moving in to your new school, or going back for one last year. Don't wait until the last minute to get the things you need. You are going to be filled with so many emotions the first few weeks; there's no need to be even more stressed!

And most importantly - have fun! You are going to meet so many new people in college and make so many strong friendships. Things are changing; hopefully you can see these as good changes. College is fun, but remember, it's still school! If you don't focus on your work, you will get kicked out, and you won't get your money back!

I could say everything that your mother has probably already said, like don't do drugs and don't drink. In college, you are going to experiment. As long as you know what's important in your life, you will make it out just fine. And I will be right there with all of you, experiencing college firsthand. I will be sure to update you all on my own adventures, and hopefully be able to help you with your own.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and the start of your new life!

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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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