Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Age 17, Texas

Joined the SDM Team: July 2011

Why I Write for SDM: I enjoy writing in general but SDM has provided me with the opportunity to write about issues I feel strongly about. Not only do I get to communicate with other teenagers like me, but also point out some crucial topics we sometimes think but don't voice out. SDM is a place that allows me to inform or simply share my opinion and a place where people can come together for a single purpose: understanding the teenager life.

Activities, Sports, Interests: Sports have never been my thing but I do enjoy running at times during those summer afternoons. My schedule is definitely filled up with a variety of activities from student council to volunteering at a hospital to writing for my high school and college newspaper, but sometimes it's better to do something than stand there and do nothing. I'm interested in writing and getting to discover more about the world since it's always fascinated me with its diversity and places.

Favorite Authors: I enjoy Sarah Dessen books since they always manage to bring across a lesson and the coming-of-age of the characters. For other books, I tend to scan the library bookshelves, and it's not the author that matters but the book.

Favorite School Subjects: English and my newspaper class have got to be my favorite subjects at school. This probably derives from my like of books.

Favorite Movies: I definitely watch HBO a lot and enjoy movies such as Serendipity.

Favorite TV Shows: I watch a lot of shows, including comedy (The Big Bang Theory), fashion, and crime shows. I'm also a documentary junkie, weather follower, and let's not forget the constant news, CNN.

I listen to: Typically, I listen to country, pop, rock, oldies and classical. I don't necessarily have a favorite artist since a lot of great songs tend to be from different people.

Most Important Values: I would say determination and dedication since I've always been a focused person and strive to reach my goals.

I enjoy: Reading and writing are my favorite two things. I love trying new things or going through different experiences since you never know what you'll see or learn.

Future Plans: I plan on heading off to college to a new city where I hope to enjoy every year there. And I'm looking forward to a study abroad program that hopefully will take me to England.

Cindy's Articles
2-12 Taking the Big Leap
2-12 The Perks of a Big City
12-11 Competition
12-11 Expanding Your Resumé
11-11 Choosing a College
11-11 Buzzing Voices
10-11 Get Valuable Work Experience
9-11 Perfection
9-11 Paying for College
8-11 Too Soon

What I'm All About: I would say that I think a lot. But I also like talking or writing to express my opinion. I believe in standing up in the face of injustices and I constantly wish to step into another chapter of my life and see where it takes me. I also believe it's about dreaming and reaching those dreams since nothing can be impossible at this time anymore.

Favorite Quotes: "Living is nothing. Dreaming is something."

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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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