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 ‘Tis the Season to be Prom-y

By Gabrielle HarrisGabiHarris

Prom season is in the air! Dresses are being ordered, appointments are being made, prom tickets are being purchased, and I still don’t have a dress. Being a junior and this being my first prom in history is creating a wave of emotions—I’m currently feeling both nervous and excited at the same time. My wallet is suddenly feeling less heavy and my agenda is getting more and more filled for preparation for the anticipated day.

High school … it happens to everyone.
And for four years it has a way of dividing us.
Athletes, overachievers, drama queens, misfits, jokers.
But then, just before it ends, we were almost at the door.
One night has a way of bringing us together
PROM.

I’ve been dreaming about my prom since I was a little girl. Yes, indeed I was that girl that dreamed of walking into prom in a beautiful, princess dress with the disco balls spinning and the room radiating with happiness. Even though, I’m pretty sure there will be no disco balls like I imagined, I do still think of prom as this amazing night even though I’ve never been. So I have been mentally preparing for prom for the last seventeen years. I’ve had a Pinterest board since my freshman year focused on my prom. I’ve been preparing for this night for years and by preparing I mean I’ve been watching my deal of prom films and squealing at the thought of me going.

Currently, girls are being asked in extravagant ways to prom because it’s impossible to just simply ask a girl “Will you go to prom with me?” without there being a parade behind you or a bouquet of flowers in your trembling fingers. And with prom just around the corner for many, boys are being hesitant on asking and girls are growing very impatient. Some getting asked even refuse prom invitations if they’re not in some sort of out of the ordinary fashion. Personally, I would accept a prom invitation in any way because it does take a lot of guts to go up to someone and ask. Whether it’s spelled out in candles or yelled out in front of the entire student body in a pep rally, just asking has made its way out of the question.

It’s no joke that prom can be pricey to say the least. After adding up transportation prices, tickets, dress, hair, makeup, nails, and everything else needed for the night, it can get to be very pricey. Some advice from a person that has never attended prom is that you should try to do as much as you can at home. For instance, if you have any friends gifted with makeup art, or if you’re quite talented yourself, you can save money instead of going to expensive stores in the mall to have people do your makeup.

Since we’re getting closer and closer to the end of the school year meaning graduation and prom are also getting closer. Most proms are starting off in the end of March, falling into April and even some in May, giving those attending in May enough time to get all of their prom preparations together before the day. Since I’ve procrastinated much of what is going on for my prom, I am nowhere near prepared at the moment. It cannot be emphasized enough how stressful prom planning can be. Varying from where to go before prom? What transportation to take to prom? And even where to take those memorable prom photos that parents refuse to let you miss.

Prom is almost here, which means plans are finally falling together and a memorable night is about to happen. After months of preparation or last minute plans for some, this will definitely be a night to remember.

Gabrielle Harris is a junior at Wellington High School. She is involved in the Quidditch team, Key Club, and is the social media and news editor for the WHS Wave school newspaper. She hopes to study mass communications in college and aspires to someday tell her travel stories to the world. 



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