Directions: Read the scenario below and answer the questions that follow.
Scenario: After your family moves up north, you struggle to adjust to life in a new city. The first three months are really boring until you meet a group of guys you can relate to: Curt, Michael and Jamal. They keep you too busy playing basketball and hanging out to ever get bored anymore. The only problem is that you are not getting enough time to study or do homework. Your motto was always school first until you started hanging out with the guys. You decide to buckle down with your school work, and the group gets upset. “Life is too short for books,” Curt says. “We’ll only be teenagers once, so enjoy it now.”
Michael and Jamal make their thoughts clear: either you will be their friend and hang out or you will “ruin it with this studying thing.” You can still hear the last words they said before slamming the car door and speeding off after dropping you home. “What’s up with you, man? We’re going to have to cut you loose.”
You are upset that the group threatens to alienate you, but you also don’t want to jeopardize your future by neglecting your schoolwork. What can be done?