College Hump Day

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

For all you college girls out there, happy hump day! The first semester is almost over and finals are quickly approaching. Where has the time gone?! Winter break is just around the corner, and soon we'll be on the last half of the college year!

Don't get too excited though. You still have finals, and then another whole semester. As exciting as it is to be halfway through the year, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Don't get caught off-guard with finals like I did during midterms. If you are having trouble in a class, talk to your teacher. Get extra credit if you can and join study groups that might be forming around campus. You can and will get kicked out if your grades are low! Don't let that happen to you; return with all your friends next semester!

If you read my last article, "Do's and Don'ts for College Classes" (Nov '09), you will have a general idea of ways to help you through finals. Here are a few ideas from my last article you may want to consider:

DO: Get to sleep at a reasonable hour, especially if you have morning classes.
DON'T: Be loud if you are up late; some people are trying to sleep or get work done.

DO: Figure out what works best, studying wise. What type of environment works best for you?
DON'T: Study or do homework with your friends UNLESS you are doing a study group or project. Don't let them become a distraction.

DO: Treat yourself when you finish homework, projects, or get a good grade on an exam.
DON'T: Stress yourself out! If you've been working on homework for over two hours, take a break. Split things up. Get a breath of fresh air.

DO: Ask for help if you need it, whether it's from classmates, professors, or a student help center provided by your school.
DON'T: Deny an offer for help, even if you don't think you need it. Get a second opinion; it may help expand your ideas for projects and such.

Good luck, ladies, on all your finals, and enjoy your winter break!

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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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