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Breaking social pressures and the “fitting-in” mentality

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Breaking social pressures and the “fitting-in” mentality

Reynaldo Sta. Maria, Staff Writer

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High School is a roller coaster of mixed feelings and getting good grades.

But one of the biggest problems in high school is trying to fit in. Fitting in is a problem for most students because society judges people mostly on their looks instead of who they are. This is problematic because this is not just related to high school, it also relates to everyone.

Currently most people would change their looks just to fit into today’s society because people have impacted what looking normal is and isn´t.

Personally, I have been a victim of changing my looks in school to fit in. During my freshman year of high school, some people would call me broke or tell me that I was ugly because my outfit wouldn´t meet the standards of “normal.” Because of constantly being judged heavily in my freshman year, I changed my outfit to branded cloths instead of just plain clothes, and somehow people started recognizing me.

Before I changed my outfit, people wouldn’t talk to me as often because they believed I was boring or just broke. This goes to show how society needs to change how they should judge people, because deciding if someone is better because of their appearances instead of their personalities is completely wrong.

I believe in order to prevent this in schools, we need to provide students with required uniforms to wear during classes until they return home. This won´t only stop people from thinking their personal outfits are ugly, but it also provides equality in the school. Having required uniforms is the best decision to make in schools because having uniforms will provide equality and help people navigate the social pressures of fitting in. Long-term, this will decrease the chances of depression in schools and will increase what school needs the most: equality.

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