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I overcame overwhelming peer pressure

Joined: 5/28/2011
Posts: 3
It’s scary how much a year can change you, your judgment, and your morals.
Before sophomore year, I can assuredly say that I lived in an inflated bubble of blissful innocence. Living in the suburbs where the closest mall is a fifteen minute drive on the endless highway, I didn’t have much experience with the “real world.” Certainly, I didn’t expect the worse in people and especially not from those that I considered my best friends. Some may call it naïve, but I just call it unknowing.
I’d always been so sure of my unwavering morals. My parents ingrained into my head as a child what was right and what was wrong. They emphasized the necessity of ambition, thriftiness, and purity. They scoffed, (and made sure I heard them doing so), at anything involving drugs, alcohol, sex or anything related to what one typically (stereotypically?) associates with the average teen. Most importantly, I believed in what my parents advocated, so I didn’t find it difficult to obey.
Everything was innocent fun in the beginning of the year. A night of hanging out included hoards of giggling gossips in the early hours of the morning. Yet, petty friend drama and fast-spreading rumors caused the ugly morphing of an irreparable friendship between two groups of friends that had once confided in each other unutterable secrets.
Finding myself with a sudden loss of several friends, I became closer than ever with my best friend of eight years. Together, we were nearly inseparable twins. But it wasn’t before long that I learned that she and another friend had smoked pot together the past summer, and neither had told me until December. When I heard about it, I wasn’t sure if I was angry at her blustering lies or her betrayal of what I had believed to be mutually agreed morals. Since I couldn’t choose what reason I should be angry at her for, I decided on both.
I pretended I didn’t care and I donned a face of nonchalance. “Whatever, I’m not going to judge,” I told her. But on the inside, I was reeling. Drugs, alcohol? What? See, I knew they wouldn’t invite me to their parties—they couldn’t. I was Miss Goody-Two-Shoes, but even Miss Goody-Two-Shoes had doubts. What would I do to keep my friends? If there was anything I was scared of, it was being alone.
I thought about it and I made a decision. I wouldn’t touch drugs or alcohol for my friends, even if it meant losing “friends.” It was a tough, but I had stayed true to myself, and that in itself, was everything. I still have two years of high school to finish, but as cliché as this sounds, I’m decked and ready for anything. I know who I am now, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
So it was with that that I overcame the legendary monster of high school peer pressure. And let me be the first to say that it’s wonderful.

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