A-TECH Reacts To Peer Pressure

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Skyler Lange

I have felt peer pressure but it’s not in a bad way. It was in school for a certain class I got told everyone was taking so [I figured] why not make myself? But [for] people who are going through peer pressure, honestly if your heart or brain says no, don’t do it it won’t be worth it. It might become a habit if it’s drugs or something worse. If your guardians approve of it then don’t do it. I can say, most times it leads to bad consequences.”

— Anonymous

It may be hard to be the only one in your group who says ‘no’ to peer pressure, but you can do it.”

— Anonymous

Going to A-TECH, my peers care significantly more about school compared to a regular public school. They take more AP and challenging courses, which makes me feel like I have to do the same so I’m not embarrassed. It’s not necessarily a bad thing at all it just causes a lot of strength.”

— Anonymous

Peer pressure causes kids to act like others because they think that they are cool when actually the most cool person is yourself.”

— Anonymous

I’m not sure if peer pressure would be the word for it because no one explicitly meant ‘If you don’t do this you’re lame’ or something but something that used to happen with me and that happened with friends and other kids I know is that jumping bandwagon. You see that everyone does it and you think it might help with whatever or think it might make you cooler or something so you just join in you know? Personally what helped me is realizing how lame it is to do things you didn’t plan to do and often times how stupid the trend is anyway.”

— Anonymous

I know a lot of people won’t agree with me when say this but I’m thankful for my experiences with peer pressure. It made me a better person because it taught me how vindictive my own ‘friends’ could be. People have tried to get me to do things involving sex, alcohol, popping pills, sneaking out, basically everything under the sun. They always put me down for not wanting to expose myself to those conditions and it made me insecure. Now I have this new selfish attitude but it’s for my own benefit. I don’t want to be put back into my old pair of shoes.”

— Anonymous

Well there was this time when I was pressured into smoking weed, well at the time many people I knew [had] smoked weed at least once so I got curious on how it feels. And I guess it was that thing, that everyone is trying it, so it can’t be that bad. In the end when I tried it didn’t feel like anything, it wasn’t what I expected. So don’t give in into peer pressure because you could regret it. Plus that week my mom was going to get my blood drawn and I was freaking out so things can happen unexpectedly so better safe than sorry.”

— Anonymous

I was pressured to fill up an ATV car like car with gas when my uncles had told me not to. I did and I was speeding to get there before the gas ran out and I flipped the car over and resulted in over $2,000 in damage and my cousins leg cut up from the flip. Don’t be pressured into something you’re not comfortable and not supposed to do. It may result in an ending that you never would’ve expected.”

— Anonymous

The one time I experienced peer pressure was when my best friend’s friend tried to engage in a sexual situation with me while everyone watched and cheered. I succumbed to the pressure and allowed the friend to [do] whatever. To this day, it haunts me and I hope that other people who are going through the same thing as me gain the courage to say no and be more assertive. ”

— Anonymous

Associate yourself with people who won’t try to get you into anything that’ll hurt you. If someone does, always try and get away from them before you give in.”

— Anonymous

One time my friends told me that I should steal necklaces with them as we were at the mall. It was terrible, they kept saying I sucked and stuff if I didn’t steal. I knew that stealing was a terrible thing and plus there was security everywhere, so I didn’t do it and I called my mom to pick me up, but I never told her. They later spread rumors about me, but it’s okay I didn’t let it get to me.”

— Anonymous

If you wouldn’t do it in front of your parents don’t do it in front of people who are just there trying to ruin what you have going for yourself.”

— Anonymous

Be your own person and make your own decisions, don’t make them because others want you to. ”

— Anonymous

I was peer pressured to smoke and I did it because it was what everyone else was doing.”

— Anonymous

Peer pressure only exists if your a lil’ weenie.”

— Anonymous

You are in charge of your own decisions and remember to be honest with yourself before making any decisions.”

— Anonymous

I was in a really bad school and one time I was in this hole where they go and smoke weed because of my bff and she was like ‘just try one come on’ while they were smoking but I didn’t like it. ”

— Anonymous

Peer pressure is what A-TECH is full of. You hear your friends talk about their AP classes sounding so smart and stuff and then ask you and you just end up embarrassed. I swear I see people try not to fall in it and honestly my advice to just not listen and block them out. If that fails just hit them, a good smack should work.”

— Anonymous

Peer pressure is only temporary like your friends who push you to do things you are uncomfortable with. If they don’t push you to become a better person then they shouldn’t be your friends. Surround yourself with people that will make you a better person not a worse one.”

— Anonymous