Peer Pressure, Alcohol, and the College Student
Peer pressure is occurring in everyday situations from work environments to school actions and everything in-between. However it seems that the most impacted by it are college students. The college world is filled with excitement and new adventures. Students leave their homes to live the dream of living alone and taking on the world. The world they have been dreaming suddenly becomes a reality and soon they start meeting new people and realizing new things. However they soon see that not everything is easy and fun. New friends start distracting and pulling them away from school, and pretty soon grades start to fall and classes end up being failed. Essentially, I am arguing that peer pressure and alcohol have negative impacts on college students. From freshmen to graduating seniors, peer pressure tends to cause nothing but social and academic problems for those on the receiving end.
Many colleges welcome their incoming freshman class with orientations and other forms of celebrations for the future generation. The freshmen on the other hand have their own way of celebrating their college life, and it is nowhere near the same as the one provided by the college. Kim Fromme from the Journal of College Health, states that drinking is usually high in the incoming classes. Fromme mentions that incoming freshman have experience with drinking, but once they enter college their drinking habits tend to increase. Fromme also indicates that the increase is due to “a new environment in which everyone tends to drink” (Fromme 22). Fromme is right in her assertion because now those incoming freshman will be hanging around older people then they did when they were in high school, which according to Fromme tends to lead them to drink more because now they are around an older crowd that can get alcohol a lot easier. Fromme’s evidence goes to show that peer pressure starts affecting even the youngest of college students.