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[高二]Keep the faith
作者:21ST    来源:21世纪学生英文报·高二版第438期     日期: 2011-06-16
面对压力,学会坚持做自己

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Many of us know what it feels like to be an outsider in high school. Some give in to the pressure to fit in, others remain “on the bottom of the social food chain”, as American author Alexandra Robbins says in her book The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth.

However, Robbins believes what makes people unpopular in high school, mainly an unwillingness to conform (服从), tends to translate into success as an adult.

Robbins has spent the past decade analyzing the behavior of high school students. She found the things that make a student different make them a target.

But in adulthood and outside of the school setting, the things “that make you different make you interesting, fun, and often successful,” she told the UK’s Daily Mail.

She researched the qualities that people found most valuable in adults. The top qualities are: creativity, free-thinking, vision, authenticity (可靠性), self-awareness, honesty, curiosity, love of learning, and courage.

“Those are qualities that are far more likely to be found in school outsiders than in the popular kids,” she said.?

Why?

According to Robbins, when people are in with a popular crowd, they are more likely to hide aspects of their identity in order to fit into the group. As she put it to Yahoo.com: “You are more likely to have goals of social dominance (强势) rather than forming actual true friendships. You are more likely to let other people pressure you into doing things. None of those things is admirable or useful as adults.”

Meanwhile, in the eyes of Robbins, the outsiders are much more self-aware and much braver than the popular students. They are brave because they are sticking to being themselves in a challenging environment.

There are many celebrity examples of progress from unpopularity to later fame (成名). Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was mocked for being Jewish in high school. JK Rowling, author of hugely popular wizard Harry Potter, was bullied (欺负) in school as a bespectacled (戴眼镜的) child who lived mostly in books and daydreams.

Robbins encourages students to participate in extracurricular activities. “They will automatically meet people with similar tastes,” she told Daily Mail.

BONUS

Tips to handle peer pressure

*Never be afraid to speak up and let others know your boundaries.

*Always be comfortable with your choices.

*Think of yourself as a leader and act accordingly.



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