Shoot for Andromeda!

By Lauren, age 16, California

What's next in your life? Whether it's high school, college, grad school, or even a new career, keep these tips in mind:

1. Overshoot your goal. Aiming for a 3.5 GPA? Reach for a 4.0. Planning on applying to a mid-range university? Set your sights on an Ivy. You'll be thankful later for the breathing room.

2. Make a checklist. If you're starting a new career, decide where you'll keep your business contacts and references. If you're commuting, find a carpool group or track the local buses. Ask yourself what difficulties could arise, and make a safety net.

3. Don't overwork. Think in terms of weeks first, then days. Spread out assignments so that you're not faced with all-nighters. (I'm a list type of person, so being able to check off something every day boosts my confidence.)

4. Keep time free. Who knows when inspiration will strike you? Set aside some time for breaking dishes, researching penguin cartoons, writing symphonies, chatting with friends, being ... well, human!

5. Get some helpers. Is someone in all 6 of your classes? Get their number. Find someone in every environment whom you can count on, because we all slip up from time to time. That annoying roommate who minored in decorating cakes? They could come in handy at a wedding ...

6. Laugh! Humor is vital - we need it in our lives.

7. Love & forgive. As corny as it sounds, an apology never made any situation worse. We spend months stressing over single days. We blow up. It's natural. Being the first to move on saves time, relationships, and self-pity. Empathize.

8. Seize opportunities when they come. A high school poetry competition could turn into a $20,000 scholarship. If you enjoy doing something, run with it.

Success is in your hands. Own it - because you can.

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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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