Prom? Nah, I’m Good.

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Prom season is one of the busiest seasons for teens. You gotta find a date, you gotta find an expensive dress, you gotta find a limo truck, all that expensive nonsense. It just seems like far too much work and a painful hassle. The worst part about it is that it just doesn’t seem worth it for the most part. All you do is stand around and dance awkwardly, take pictures and eat overpriced food. With all that said:

I’m not going to prom.

Now, I’m not personally against prom in its entirety. While it sounds hypocritical to what I was saying early, I do like dressing up and looking nice around my friends, but prom in and of itself just feels like too much with little pay off. It’s expensive for one, (my school’s selling tickets for $100. I don’t even have $20.) you’re just in a ballroom with slow music, so you can’t exactly let loose completely, and it kinda sucks when you don’t have someone as a date. Yes, you can go with your friends, and you shouldn’t be seen as lesser just because you go with a group of friends, but you can’t deny it’s a bit uncomfortable being surrounded by all the couples.

With all that in mind, I’m not going to prom. The main problem with this stance though, is that everyone’s harassing me over not going. It’s not like prom is some gala that’ll have golden chocolate raining from the ceiling or drag queen burlesque dancers, so really, what am I missing?

Everyone says you’ll regret not going to prom, but lots of people also say that prom really wasn’t much anyways, so it doesn’t matter if you aren’t going. If you don’t want to go, you shouldn’t force yourself. Despite what anyone says, you can have fun on your own. Who knows, maybe some of your other friends aren’t going too, so you all can hang out together. There’s lots of fun stuff you can do, like wander around downtown, hit the arcade, catch a movie, or just even make have a small party together instead. There is fun to be had, and you don’t have to go to prom to have it.

 

By Jalyn Long, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

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