By Joanna, age 20, South Wales, United Kingdom
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With exams fast approaching, tensions are running high among students everywhere. It's the season for stress and tears and worries galore, yet what I find strange is the growing sense of competition present in student hideouts. I don't mean competition between course mates, of course. That's natural, and a little competition is healthy, but it's the need to be worse off than everyone else, as though it's a competition, which I fail to understand.

Whilst everyone is worrying about exams and what this can mean for future prospects and where we'll all end up in ten years' time, everyone seems to want to be 'doing a harder subject' or 'having more exams' than one another - but why? Living up to parents' expectations can be hard, and achieving the standards you personally set for yourself is a challenge, but how can anyone claim to be under more stress than any other individual when we are all faced with the same doom and ordeal that exams bring?

I started thinking this over after my housemate made a comment that her sister had done a degree that 'wasn't as hard as hers', and it got me pondering over the nature of even saying such a thing is difficult or easy. These are just labels we attribute to things, but surely they hold different meanings to everyone? Surely it's unfair to say anything is harder or easier than anything else.

This whole competition idea of being 'worse off' spreads further than just exams. The more I think about it, the more examples I think of - life tragedies where one person has suffered an illness or tragedy, and someone else jumps in with their own personal story of grief and being worse off. This happens all the time, but it's so unnecessary. Human nature is a very curious thing indeed when we like to dwell upon life's shortcomings instead of revel in the many wonderful things and times that could surround us.

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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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