There’s a quote that everyone in Vietnam has learned throughout his or her first grade, “If you are near the ink, you'll get dark; if you're near the light, you'll be bright.” This is probably doesn’t make much sense in English translation. It’s basically saying about companionship, and the influence it has on one the other. When I was younger, I always tried to prove that the quote was wrong. I thought that a person could decide whether they want to be influenced by others. I wanted to show everyone that I could be different, that I won’t get influenced. Little that I know, I was influenced without even realizing it. Then I lost my parents’ trust and respect. I was under appreciated my parents for what they have done for me. I learned that people are often influenced very easily by the people they hang out and interact with. Human action can be controlled by outside force without their knowledge. And parents are usually forgotten by their children when this happens. A person can very easily be influenced by his/her friends. In my story, I’m just another example of a typical high school student. Before I entered high school, I was always a straight A student, and loving, appreciating my parents. I did everything they expect me to do, and that’s how I got their trust and respect. Not long after that, I entered high school, made new friends. I started to hang out more often, and lie to my parents. My experience with peer influence can be seen in the “That 70’s show” that we watched in class. In the first episode of the first season, the show has shown how Eric’s friends influenced him when he decided to take his new car out of town. He knows his parents told him not to, but because he wants to prove that he’s old enough to make his own decision. At the same time, that idea wasn’t his in the first place, because his friends planted it in his head, and were persuading him to go (Pilot.) After watching the show, I realized I was no different from...
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