Peer Pressure – Reputation

Andrew Uribe, Writer

While a plausible hindrance to the personas of anyone and everyone, anywhere and everywhere, society often applies a certain reputation to students–even throughout Elementary school (i.e. never cursing, being intellectual, being a troublemaker, etc). This causes those students to behave in accordance to their reputation, afraid to change or reveal change as they will be backlashed or, in the least, be bombarded by their peers’ questioning.

It could be, of course, a humane instinctive action to apply another person’s reputation to them as if it would never change; regardless, it is a sort of mental peer pressure–telling others who or what they are and how they should act. This leads–or can lead–to them being shameful about whom they truly are, fear about revealing who they really are or how they have changed and overall, nearly forcing them to be who society all ready thinks they are (whether that is of good, bad, neutrality, or otherwise).

“It takes twenty years to build a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Such was a quote from a wise author and business magnate, Warren Buffett. The quote, however, is still very applicable, as is a quote from Dr. Steve Maraboli, a live speaker and author: “Don’t let anyone hold you back. Don’t let anyone dilute you. Don’t be peer pressured into being less than you are.”

This peer pressure can very strongly influence the actions and behaviors of students, however, there are certainly students (and people, for that matter) in which are perfectly comfortable or satisfied with the reputation they have, and wish to maintain it. They are acceptant of who they are

and likely agree in what society had thought them out to be..

All in all, you simply must be yourself. Break out of the shell that you did not even set upon yourself, and make certain that you also do not put that shell of a characteristic facade on anyone else, whether reputable or not.