Have you ever been an outcast to other kids? The popular kids? Well this very unlucky kid Will, has been there. In this essay about the story Popularity By Adam Bagdasarian, I am going to tell you how he has gotten with the popular group and changed him for the worse. First off he was mean to his previous friends. Next he was trying to be part of the popular group. And finally he became very arrogant.
Keywords: Low-status, High-status Social Relations in Middle Childhood 3 Between grades one through six, which is approximately 6 years of age to eleven years of age, children place priority and importance of popularity, which increases over the elementary school years, this reaches its peak in late middle school and in the early high school years. Studies show that children in grades one through four consider popularity more important than friendship. It was also found that early and middle adolescents generally place more emphasis on conforming and being part of a popular group than younger or older children do. The low-status group, which hope for acceptance into the high-status groups may get some attention, however, rarely do they obtain full acceptance. Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bandura, and Kohlberg all have theories that address the
Popularity is one of the most prevalent themes in adolescents’ experience in school and social development. It shapes how they interact with peers, adults, and their selves. This theme is explored and emphasized in popular culture from musicals like Wicked with its popular song titled “Popular” to television shows like Sabrina the teenage witch, Glee, 90210, etc. How popular an adolescent is defines who they are, in that it shapes where they stand amongst peers and their self-perception of their self-value. Psychological research and theories support much of the popular culture perceptions and beliefs about popularity.
Media has influenced a lot of today’s trends and ideologies. Adolescents, being on the psychological level of self-identification, bring this deceptive notion of fashion and social classes to school. The problem comes when this trend affects the performance of students and their personal lives. We all remember our days back
Binge Drinking on College Campuses High school is over and it is your first time away form home, what are you going to do? The typical college student wants to party! Of the people that were surveyed over half believed that the legal drinking age should be lowered. [O’Kane 1] The legal age to drink in the United States is now 21 years old; college freshman, sophomores, and some juniors are not of the legal age to drink. This causes a problem on many campuses; several students are experiencing their first time away from parental care in a setting sinonomus with drinking and clubbing. Some feel pressure from family and friends to receive excellent grades while attending school, sometimes the pressure is too much and going out and
Calum jogs up to me and is out of breath. I look at him with odd face. "Hey." He says while smiling. He catches up to my walking pace and begins walking next to me. "Uh, what do you think your doing." I respond walking a little faster so I can get
There are, apparently, many qualifications that you have to reach in order to be popular. If you did not wear the same brand of clothing or did not act like them, you were not popular. In the fifth grade, I was bullied from two main girls that I foolishly wanted to be. Well not a bully ,but to be “popular” like them. One of the two girls was my friend. At least I thought she was. I guess she was using me for when her and her best friend would get into a fight and then she would use me for a friend. She told me i was her friend; she just did not want her best friend to find out she was hanging with me. In other words, she was embarrassed of me. Her best friend was the
At parties, teenagers have an average of 5 or more beers in one night. In the United States teenage drinking has become a major problem, with about 3.3 million teens as problem drinkers. “1/4 of all 7th through 12th graders admit to drinking at least once a week”. About 40% of 12th graders said they had one episode of heavy drinking in the past two weeks (Bender50).
Growing up in a small town has numerous benefits, but doesn’t offer many activities for teens my age. The closest movie theater is 20 minutes away, let alone restaurant, shopping mall, or bowling alley. This leaves few activities for high school kids on the weekends, forcing them to create their own fun. The problem with this is that it led students to underage drinking. When I was a younger classman, there was a large portion of upper class high school students that would attend parties and drink on the weekends. This not only put themselves at risk, but also their friends, family, and teammates. It wasn’t unusual for students to receive a MIP or even two and let their sports teams down by having to sit out a couple games throughout the year. Of course, there are
Drama is always prevalent in any scenario. Everyone gossips about everyone. There is no way to avoid this. This presents itself inside and out of the classroom and everyone gossips about anything they are capable of. Students share the relations between other students discreetly. Rumors circulate and soon certain students face ridicule from a large portion of the student body. “The Plastics” do this all with their “Burn Book.” Despite the methods used, these have the same results. Eventually, someone unearths rumors and more drama ensues. Consequently, drama is not unfamiliar to either
For most teenagers, drinking seems to be the only easy way out. Material culture has made these teenagers feel that what they are doing is not wrong. Children imitate what they see and if what they are constantly seeing are magazine ads and billboards showing beautiful people having a great time holding their beer or wine, they to are going to think, "Wow, if I drink that I will be having just as much fun as they are!" These types of media are found everywhere you look and can be potentially dangerous to our society.
Underage drinking is when anyone under the legal age of 21 drinks alcohol. Teens typically fall back to alcohol in order to cope with the physical, mental, and emotional stress that they endure through this age period. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, by age fifteen, about 35 percent of teens have had at least one drink and by age eighteen, 65 percent have had at least one drink. This is mind blowing, because no one really thinks of teens starting to drink at such an early age. I think the biggest problem with teens is they do what they believe makes them “cool”. Although, they do not realize the consequences that can result. A few consequences of underage drinking include school problems, social problems, legal problems, physical problems, unwanted/unprotected sexual activity, etc (“Fact Sheets-Underage Drinking”). A night out being “cool/popular” with friends could lead to serious issues. The younger people begin drinking, the more likely they are to have alcohol problems in adulthood. Statistics show that one in every twelve adults suffer from alcohol abuse (“Alcohol & Drug Information NCADD”). This problems begins at ages as young as 12 and continues to grow. The question is always brought up as to how the minors get the alcohol in the first place. Majority of teens have easy access to alcohol, whether it is at a party or their parent’s liquor cabinet. Another popular way is by using a fake ID. What teens do not understand is by using their fake ID, they are causing the store to illegally sell to them and put the store in danger of losing their liquor licenses. Parents are another source of alcohol. Nearly one in four teens, and one in three girls, say their own parents have given them alcohol (“Teen Alcohol Access”). This could lead to excessive fines and possibly jail time. The point to get across is that teens do not realize drinking
Surviving high school is no easy task. From the very first day of class, students are forced to find comradery in various social circles. These cliques can range from sports jocks, to math and band geeks, to school club members, and to the social outcasts who could care
In today’s day and age, being the life of the party and the focus of your friend group is the new craze upon reaching college age. There is no issue with going out with some friends or hanging out at the house around the bonfire. However, when someone takes it upon themselves to decide to bring some beer or perhaps some other substance to the gathering, decisions are now short-thought and spastic. Underage drinking or even drug use will raise an innocent get together to an illegal event. By making that avoidable mistake others are now inevitably involved, an alternate path for their lives is created, and normal activities now become a daily stress.
I am not staying popular people cannot be friends, but they are friends based on a superficial idea. They care about the clothes, the looks, and what people thought of them, while my sister did not care how she dressed or if what approved of what she was doing. All she cared about was having what she determined to be fun. While most people looked at her as being a nerd, I look at her as being a cool person who was content with her life.