Why I’m Not Going to Prom and Why I Don’t Care

By Rozy Kanjee

If you overhear a conversation had by seniors, they all revolve around one thing: prom. It’s so close it feels like it’s tomorrow. Ha ha, just kidding it is tomorrow.

So why am I cutting it close? Why is this the first thing being written about it?

I guess I have a confession to make. Since the beginning of, I don’t know, my freshman year, I heard about these incredible stories at prom, watched countless movies and TV shows that had a prom or two, and was there when both my older sisters were getting ready for their prom, but I never thought of myself going to prom. I mean, yeah, I imagined myself with the perfect dress and a date to match. I pictured us posing in front of the Buckingham fountain, his arms around my waist and me half laughing and half smiling. Then, we would go to the dance, be so engrossed with each other that we would end up dancing through the night. You can tell that it is a very normal teenage girl dream for her prom day.

Here’s the thing: that dream is great for a dream, but I just don’t get it. Why is there such an emphasis on one night where you spend hundreds of dollars on a dress you are only going to wear one night, a limo ride to a dance, and this huge debate about what everyone is going to do after prom?

You’re probably thinking, the only reason this girl is whining is because she couldn’t get a date which makes her a big loser. I could care less whether there is a boy in a tux standing next to me or not. I just think it’s a waste of time and money. Plus, I hate to dance. Let’s break it down.

You want the night to be perfect so let’s say  (and I am really giving ballpark figures here) you spend (girls) $200 for a dress, $40 for nails, $30 for tan(optional), $80 for hair and makeup, $30 for shoes, $50 for accessories, $20 for a limo,(or party bus), $20 for whatever your plans are after prom, $10 for corsage, and don’t forget the $80 for your ticket.

That’s a total of $555 give or take. Of course you can be really conservative and not do half the things in the list, but I’ll give you the argument everyone else gives me when I tell them I’m not going to prom. ” But it’s PROM?!”

I don’t know about you, but that made me laugh. Prom is great… for some people. I just don’t think I am one of them, and I know there are others out there who are rowing the same boat as me. It’s not the last senior hoorah, we still have senior send-off, and our pre-graduation breakfast, and then we have graduation.

With that being said, I hope you, my fellow seniors (and some juniors who don’t have patience), have a wonderful time. Dance until you break both your ankles, take enough pictures to permanently have that green dot in your eyes, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Then come back and tell me your favorite memories. Tell me why I’m a big baby. But just know, that when you will be recovering from whatever it is that you do, I will be relaxing and counting my $555 I didn’t waste on one night.