Be Your Own DNA

By Tracy, age 14, Oregon

School has already begun or for some, or like me, it's yet to come. When school arrives you can feel the tension in everyone. It'll be nerve wrecking, exciting, and all those other emotions you get when the school year is starting. Seeing old friends, meeting new people, meeting your classmates, and meeting new teachers is the best part. Some of those classmates and teachers will most likely become your friends or enemies.

It's nice to get a fresh start and grow up a little bit with the new school year. It can be your worst year ever - or your best. It's new, and you might feel like changing. Either you're changing to fit your new group of friends or to get into a new trend that society is declaring the 'new in,' or whatever. Whether you're changing for, others or you, it matters. Like I mentioned before, it's a fresh new start, but that does not mean that you should change. You can change for yourself, but changing for others and to fit in is wrong. Being unique is being you. It's being your own DNA and keeping it that way throughout life. Don't follow the crowd just 'because your best friend is doing it' or 'because your crush is.' If you want to stand out from the crowd and get a boyfriend then be true to yourself. You might do this and wear that, but your DNA is denying it.

Anyone can change themselves, either because of peer pressure or just to fit in, and that may look fine on the outside, but on the inside you know better. It might feel fine to go with the crowd, the road most traveled, but deep inside you, you know it's not you.

So, my tip for the new school year is don't be afraid to be weird or crazy. The weird or crazy person is the one all the others will remember the most at the end of the school year. Don't be a clone - be your own DNA.

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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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