Above the Influence
During high school you may hear your friends, parents or even a coach tell you to "just be yourself" – but what does that really mean? Knowing who you are and what you believe in is important. Recognizing the influences in your life (both good and bad) makes it easier for you to make important choices about who to hang out with and whether or not to try drugs or alcohol.
Instead of going along with what some people are doing, you could spend more of your energy on you – your style, your viewpoints, and your own way of doing things. You can't control what another person thinks about you. Isn't it more worthwhile to work on what you think about yourself, and not try to shape someone else's impression of you?