Our Little School

By Danielle, age 17, South Carolina

These four white walls surround my being, but all I can do is watch as it crumbles upon me. The soft humming of the vending machine drowns out the pecks made on the laptops. Ten tables align the walls, but only three remained filled. The girl draped in black sits alone in a hunched position looking nervously around like someone is out to get her, while the young girl behind me flips the pages of her notebook without a care in the world.

I, little me, just sit in the corner typing away, trying to keep my face hidden by passing visitors. No one dares speak to me for when they pass I do not smile or wave, just a quick stare and then proceed on my computer. There's something within these grounds I hear every day from under the passing cars. Sometimes as low as a whisper, but mostly a yell with the force of a punch in the stomach. I look around to make sure no one is around, but when I when turn to see there's nothing, but old autumn leaves brushing over the ground.

Our little school lives on the highway to oversee the passing cars. I sometimes wonder if this was the location of the overseer during the slave days. Its broad, beautiful brick buildings stand mountainous to me and the surrounding trees. Cars feel every parking space and yet you never see that many students. Something about this school drove kids to corners to remain in books until their minds would no longer deal with the sizzling of their brains. I never imagined we would all look the same: dressed for success, but alone and scared. Everyone seems so withdrawn, like children of abuse. I move silently and swiftly to my next class where those four white walls once again surround my vision. I'm early to class or maybe too late, but you never know, with no bells or hoards of students coming and going.

Finally, another student enters, and my fears vanish until he walks into the room. Short, white haired, and without a word he begins to write on the board. We copy until our hands cramp, but all he does is erase and begin again. Will this college misery ever end? Two weeks until Spring Break. Hopefully I'll live.

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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)
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- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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