Peer Pressure

When we were children, our parents and elders would always tell us to not give in to peer pressure. Usually, they would talk about it in the context of drug use or drinking alcohol. Personally, I have never been in a situation where I have been peer pressured into those activities. I cannot even recall a memory where I have been peer pressured into doing anything honestly. However, I do understand the idea of conforming to others in society. There are societal rules that we all follow without realizing it. They aren’t spoken rules, but they exist.

When I graduated high school, I did feel some pressure to go to college even though I hadn’t thought through all my options. This pressure did not come from a particular person. It was just a general feeling that came from society and probably my family. I am currently completing my senior year of college. Now, I feel some pressure about attending graduate school. This is something I have been thinking I would not do, but with graduation approaching, I feel some pressure. This pressure comes from other students who are going to be going to graduate school and from society. I still have not decided what I will be doing yet, but I wish I did not have to feel that pressure that comes with deciding.

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  1. I have never thought about how people are pressured by society to go to college but now that I think about it you are right! All my older siblings went to college before me so when I was growing up I just followed in their footsteps. But this should not be something we pressure as a society. There are many very important and well-paid jobs that do not require a college education. Thanks for the great insight!

  2. Meredith Migliaccio

    This is so real, and I completely agree with your thoughts. Pressure is felt from many angles, and sometimes it is invisible, but yet you feel it. I hope you find the path that feels right for you, and that the pressure turns to encouragement.

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