Don’t give in to peer pressure

Katelynn Gibson, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Don’t let peer pressure get in the way of your choice on masking, and don’t pressure others to always follow your way. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, then wear a mask. If you feel safe being 6 feet away, then stay six feet away. If you want to get vaccinated, it is your choice.
Peer pressure is always prevalent in life, but it is how you react that defines the person you are. Do you want to wear a mask at school, but don’t want to stand out? According to an NHS survey Aug. 26-Sept. 8, 18.3 percent of respondents did not agree with Nixa’s policy on optional masking. Don’t let the 80 percent of people that think or believe one way dictate what you do for your own personal safety. See page 12 for more information.
We make difficult decisions every day — who our friends are and what paths we take could potentially affect the rest of our lives. In this time of growth, we have to trust our gut and decide which path is worth it in the long run.
Teens struggle to find the strength to say ‘no’ because settling is an easy way to please others. It’s not always easy to say no and resist peer pressure, but you can always feel better knowing that you did the right thing after one does.
While we are faced with peer pressure, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel — we can always turn around and use positive peer pressure to make an influence in one’s life.
You may find your new home when you branch out and try the new sport or activity that your friend wants you to try.
Gentle pressure and new experiences can shape students into who they are meant to be, becoming the best version of themselves possible.
Some individuals may thrive in new environments, such as outdoor activities. Climbing rocks and engaging in the outdoors with the fresh, crisp air can be a beneficial switch. See page 20 for more information.
Although everyone says to not give in to peer pressure, the ultimate choice is up to us and the person we want to be.

The Wingspan Editorial Board is comprised of Katelynn Gibson, Gracie Schwarz, Braden Dennis, Darby Allen and Eli Dean.