college · Health

College & Peer Pressure



College students have been at school for nearly a month now, meaning they have had some time to acclimate to the college life. As a recent grad, I am fully aware of the demands and expectations of being a college student. Unfortunately, it’s not all about the academics, but also the social aspect. You’re probably thinking, ‘What are you talking about? Demands and expectations of socializing?’ It’s no secret that parties are a huge part of college, but I am going to let you in on a little secret- you don’t have to fall into the peer pressure that comes with them!

My first two years of college, I didn’t go out to parties. Naturally, I’m a homebody so I was content with staying home and missing out on the fun. But once junior year rolled around, I finally entered the party scene. I went out to the local club (which didn’t amount to much – sorry caf) and checked out parties with my friends on and off campus. Not one of those occasions passed without someone offering me a drink. Did I feel pressured? Absolutely. Did I give into that? I did once, two months before my 21st birthday. I took the smallest sip of wine from a friend and hated it. That was enough to keep me from tasting another drop of alcohol before my birthday.

All I’m trying to say is that whether it is alcohol or drugs or any behavior you’re not comfortable with, do not feel obligated to do it just because it seems like it is the norm in college. I know this is shocking, but you can have fun without alcohol! Your friends will not get mad at you or exclude you just because you choose not to drink. And honestly, if they do, you may need some new friends that are more supportive. College is a time to meet new people and discover who you are. Don’t let peer pressure turn you into someone you’re not.


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