Peer Pressure

Let’s see: You were a really bright kid till high school and then all your friends took science, the next thing you know you are sitting worrying about engineering entrance examinations and attending a string of classes. But do you really enjoy what you are striving for? Success in any field is not only based on your understanding of it but it is also based on your passion for it. Following the herd mentality only leads us to a certain point, and those beyond that point are who we aspire to be.

I have seen students pick computer engineering with no thought, just because its high in demand and likely to pay more. Later, they discover their love for mechanics or electronics but fear standing up to their families. In our country, where art is just a hobby, peer pressure destroys more dreams than failure ever can. Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think” still we insist upon giving birth to robots who are learning to code from 6 or 7 years of age and attending JEE coaching from class 5th rather than developing basic human qualities such as integrity and skills like problem solving such that they are capable of standing up for themselves and knowing their aspirations.

Peer pressure isn’t limited to comparison with Sharma Ji’s son, it extends to people avoiding taking risks during placements in colleges as well. With people struggling for jobs in every nook and corner, a young entrepreneur with no monetary assets to back his ideas succumbs to the temptation of a secure job with perks and satisfaction of the family. And that’s how financial dependence costs our country the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg.

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