College Life

By Shanna, age 17, California

As interesting as my first couple of months have been, I've learned to get the hang of college life. My first tour of Loyola Marymount University had me so spooked I almost threw up stepping out of the car ... at least until an interesting dog came along.* Freedom is the only word to describe how liberated I feel after graduating high school. Every day, more and more, I'm beginning to love being a college student.

It's very different - people give you your space. Your professors don't dig into your personal issues which can affect your grade. This is what I've always wanted, and so much more - teachers who leave you alone. Knowing that I'm not a child anymore is the best feeling in the world, as is knowing my professors came to work because they wanted to teach us adults knowledge, not because they had to.

Everything, from the ocean breeze that blows to the weirdest old lady walking through the campus whistling the Andy Griffith theme song, is just as kind as can be. The close feeling of friendliness is the next best thing to waking up to Christmas presents on Christmas morning.

Editor's Note: I believe Shanna is referring to the encounter she describes in "Hot Dog Freshman" (SDM, Sep '09).

What did you think about this article? Tell us!

First Name:
Email or MySpace:

Sweet Advice
Reader Feedback

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)

Sweet Designs Magazine
The Magazine You Can Write For
The Voice of a New Generation


Your Ad Here