“Start to worry when you start to act like everyone else.” This was sage advice given to me by my parents back when I was a teen. It stuck with me. I would always feel conflicted when I felt myself going along with the crowd to be cool. And then I would back away. That was a good thing, I think. Group-think and peer pressure are huge factors when you are a young adult. Have the backbone to do your own things and tell you friends that you don’t feel conformable acting a certain way. Odds are, they will actually respect you more because you have the fortitude to be strong. They just might be jealous of your strength. If they ridicule you, well, then they weren’t great friends to begin with and it’s time to shed them and find new ones!
College Planning Expert, Campus Calm