If You Really Knew Me

Reviewed by Kimberly, age 19, California
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As every person who has been in high school knows, there are major cliques in high school - and labels. Whether or not you are (or were) considered a jock, cheerleader, nerd, emo, or loner, everyone has a label in high school. A new show on MTV, If You Really Knew Me, looks at these labels, visiting different high schools in the United States with a program called Challenge Day to try to break through the barriers. Each episode goes to a different high school that has issues with gossiping, sex, drugs, bullying, etc. Challenge Day is "a one day program that breaks down the walls between cliques and completely changes the way students view their high school and each other." (mtv.com)

Only a couple of episodes into the first season (as I am writing this article), it is one of the most amazing shows I have seen in a long time. To be able to see the amazing transformation in these students in an hour long episode is something truly inspiring. This is real, not scripted; they're not acting.

If You Really Knew Me is the type of show that feels really real, and hearing some of the amazing stories makes you want to cry. The show asks the question whether it is possible to change your life and maybe even your high school in one day with the help of Challenge Day. The show then tries to find the answer. I know that for me watching the first couple episodes I saw students actually seeing their fellow students in a different way. There is one point when they get in small groups and start off with the phrase "if you really knew me, you would know ..." This sets off a whirlwind of emotion because it is the students' chance to really open up and express something about themselves and what is going on in their lives.

Watching If You Really Knew Me truly can open one's eyes about how you don't really know what a person is going through till you get to know them. The show's message supports the saying that "you shouldn't judge a person by how they look", but instead get to know them. Someone with the title "popular" might have something going on inside that not even their best friend knows about. The emotion can be felt right through the TV set; these students' stories are truly amazing. For me, it makes me look twice at how I might say something bad or joke about a certain race or person because they are different, without really knowing the whole story.

If You Really Knew Me is a show that I would HIGHLY recommend, especially if you're in high school. It's truly a chance to open up your mind and heart, and maybe even be that person who can start a change at your high school.

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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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