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I am a sophomore. Last weekend I was invited to a small party at my friend’s house. There weren’t many people there, only a few friends. Two of my friends went to go smoke a cigarette outside and told me to tag along so I did. When we got outside they told me to take a puff. I had never done it before and was kinda scared of what would happen if I did and what would happen if I refused. I ended up walking back inside without them. I’m worried I’ll be put in the same situation again. What do I do?
Being put in these kinds of situations is always hard. Whether it’s drinking or trying drugs, you really need to think of yourself in these cases. Don’t worry about what your friends would think or what society portrays as “cool”. Here are some questions to think about. How would smoking affect you and your family? What if you become addicted? What could happen to your health if you continued to smoke? Make sure you know every repercussion that could become an outcome of smoking before trying it if that’s what you choose to do.
There is a girl in my class that I know has a crush on me. She has told me multiple times before and constantly flirts with me in class. It gets really annoying because I don’t like her like that. I never told her though because I don’t want to hurt her feelings. How do I tell her without it spiraling out of control?
Teenage girls are very fragile, so take precaution. Make sure to always wear protective eyewear and padded vests when handling the emotions of girls. Approach with caution. Nicely tell her how you feel. Watch her facial expressions. If you see the happiness start to drain from her face, ABORT MISSION AND GET OUT OF THERE!
I was at a party a couple weekends ago and there was alcohol there. I’ve never drank it before but all of my friends were. I held a cup the entire night and pretended like i was drinking. I was scared to try it but wanted to be cool. I know I’ll be in this situation again, what do I do?
If you are under the age of 21 I strongly suggest you not drink alcohol. It is very bad for your body and when drunk can cause you to make stupid decisions. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to numerous health problems, chronic diseases, neurological impairments, and social problems. Really think about what you’re getting yourself into before you make any decision about trying it or not.