Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Individuality Vs Conformity – Where Do You Fit In?



Whether you are in school, college or university, we are sure you are well aware of the social pressures that you might have to face on a daily basis. The question remains, do you focus on being yourself and developing your own unique flavour, or do you choose to blend in?

This week we take a look at what challenges you might face during this time of your life:

Scenario 1: You are in grade seven and you have to decide on your subject choice. Would you              
  a)   Choose a subject because you want to be in a class with your friends?
  b)   Choose a subject based on the fact that you enjoy the subject and because it will contribute to what you would like to be one day?

Scenario 2: You have to get dressed for casual day. Would you
  a)   Dress in what you are comfortable in
  b)   Beg your parents for a new outfit because “I just cannot be seen wearing this”

Scenario 3: You have to choose where you want to further your tertiary studies. Would you
  a)   Choose to study at a college or university (even though they don’t offer your course) because “that is where everyone is going”?
  b)   Carefully consider all your options after researching several colleges or universities that offer a course in your line of interest?

Scenario 4: You have to submit a project plan for your course. Would you
  a)   Research current trends?
  b)  Try and think of new ways of doing things?

It is often considered easier to conform rather than to be yourself, but whether you are choosing your studies or deciding what to wear for the day, just keep in mind that it is probably best to remain true to yourself! Think about your choices carefully and when it comes to any choices that will affect your future, it might be best to ask all the right questions:

  • What am I good at?
  • What do I enjoy?
  • What career would I like to follow?
  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my weaknesses?


Talk to your family and friends – you may be surprised to find out what they believe you are good at! It might also be a good idea to visit the school, college or university counselor to find out how they can help you too. Many institutions offer aptitude testing that can help you to identify your skills and strengths in order to establish what field you might want to consider studying in!


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