Often times,campus students find themselves trapped in peer groups and yes, its very very okay to be in one. Peer pressure is not bad thing. We all are influenced by our peers, both negatively and positively. It helps define who we are and how we feel about subjects in our lives. It is how we chose to react to peer pressure that defines who we are as an individual. Are we a leader or a follower? Both types of people are needed to make the world go around.Otherwise,this world would be by now made up of very many weirdos who don’t know anyone to relate to.
The difference between negative and positive peer pressure is the outcome. The reverse of the situation above is negative peer pressure. The situation itself is positive peer pressure. Negative peer pressure is when your peers or friends try to pressure you into something you don’t want to do or isn’t good, like smoking,stealing,raping,sexual immoralities…. Positive peer pressure is when your friends or peers try to pressure you into doing something good, like exercise,joining school clubs, cleaning the school and even going to church.
.Here in campus for example, an example of a negative peer pressure is that of a student ho does not like drinking and smoking but pushes himself herself so as to please his or herself or rather so as to be a accepted in a particular group of guys.Obviously, he or she won’t do so well at it but only damages his self esteem from the very friends he is trying so hard to impress.In the end,chances are very high that his friends will not notice the much effort he is putting in to ensure he fits well in the group.Eventually and definitely when each and every of his friend is done with their degree and finds their way out to venture into their specific carers,is when he or she will notice the damage caused on his or her self esteem.
This kind of negative peer pressure is very common in campus.people loose their cool and will only notice it later when its too late.Somethings in life are very hard to repair.In the first and second years, most students have the so called principles,standards and firm boundaries that they they can’t let anyone cross.For girls,this is usually written in their faces and believe me when i say being gullible is never their thing at this time.But by third year,things usually change,the unexpected happens and for most it always seem so hard to come out.
Positive peer pressure is the good influential feeling you get from your friends, Its like a lot of things they say and do which make you want to behave in a certain way or do a certain thing. Positive peer pressure usually contributes to a person doing good and better things than they would normally do.In campus,it mostly involves going to church,joining clubs and also keeping off from drugs,sexually immorality and abuse.This kind of peer pressure is rare and few students normally succumb to this.
The decision on the kind one decides to choose to join is always left on the students,One has to know what they really want to do so that they are not left with so many options to choose from.