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Conformity & Peer Pressure

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John is an 18-year-old freshman at New York University. John was the starting quarterback at his high school in a small town in Indiana. He enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends. John has always been popular and done well in school and sports. Once he is comfortable in his surroundings he can be confident in what he is doing.

Donnie is an 18-year-old freshman from Chicago attending Iowa State. Donnie spends most of his time playing his guitar and writing music. In high school he had a few close friends but his attention was mainly focused on his studies and his music. He has little trouble expressing himself and enjoys doing so on stage while playing in his band. Donnie is determined to earn a degree and find a career in playing, writing, or producing music.

Provide an opinion on who would be more likely to be persuaded by peer pressures such as drinking, drug use, skipping class, and other irresponsible behavior in a new city. Then, provide your reasoning on why you chose either John or Donnie as more likely to conform to his new social situation.

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Both students will undoubtedly face peer pressure in their new college situations. In my opinion, John would be more likely to be persuaded by this peer pressure than Donnie would. There are several reasons that you could discuss as possible causes for this prediction. First of all, John is from a small town in Indiana and is attending college in New York. New York University has a more urban setting with new ...

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Two students in different, yet similiar situations both face pressure to conform. Response discusses who faces more and why.