The Perks of a Big City

By Cindy, age 17, Texas
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

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New York City. Los Angeles. Chicago. Boston. Dallas. The big cities. The cities the small-town girl leaves home for and magically transforms. Remember those movies?

If you remember, then you probably thought they were so cheesy. Don't worry, I thought that too. But all of a sudden, I started realizing that for college big cities might actually hold an advantage.

The traffic might scare anyone if they think of the cons and pros of moving to those cities, but when it comes to colleges, you're going to have a whole other world to explore. You'll be safe in the small knit community of your college, but you'll also have the advantage of being in a city. City means opportunities. Remember that. If you'll face the hardship of having to pay for college, you can find a job more easily. Your college can help you locate a part-time or full-time job in the city and you'll probably end up hired.

Also, when you're in college, you start discovering and exploring your career in further depth. You want to have the opportunity to see how your dream job works in the real world. In a large city, you can land internships and be among real employees who can share the perks and downside of your job. In other words, you'll be learning outside the classroom.

If you haven't seen the upside of a city, then consider the endless opportunities you'll have there. Also, more employers will come to your college's job fair since they probably work nearby. In a large city, you can make connections more easily with potential employers and other important people you might need to contact in the future. If you haven't experienced the current economy, then trust me, you'll need to have connections. College is a place to constantly network if you want to land a job in today's current economic situation.

I know a big city might seem intimidating. I come from a small town but plan to move to a big city. Why? Because there are too many opportunities to pass up if I stay at my local university. I could miss a big job opportunity. Plus, colleges always aim to make you feel comfortable. Their campuses are meant to feel like home. They're like little safe havens.

You'll be in that tight knit community at campus while a bustling world goes on outside the campus. I don't think you can ask for two better worlds in the same place.

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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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