Anti-prom: Better options for much less cash


Morgan White, Photographer, Reporter

To prom or not to prom? A night filled with snazzy attire and great music, it sparks unforgettable memories especially for seniors. While attending seems like a no-brainer, several students shockingly decide against this event. But in actuality, they possess the right to.

Public Service Announcement: life continues after high school. Even if prom appears exceptionally important, people who refuse the invitation can do so without judgment. Remember, attending remains a personal decision.

Senior Sarah Mockalis’ position on prom sounds practical: “I’m going to the military ball already; why spend money in two places for the same thing?”

Prom can cost hundreds of dollars, which feels not exactly affordable for everyone. Frankly, assuming other students can pay the fee speaks volumes about cost sensitivity. Some students must choose between paying for prom or college. Regardless, the majority of attendees will report a “less-than-okay” experience and forget about the evening in the near future.  Sure, prom can bring about fun, but not guaranteed fun. Other reasons against attendance include conflicting plans, being grounded, or being dateless— I’m not sure which one feels worse.

Sophomore Kat Shambaugh confesses: “I’m not going to prom because I’m a sophomore.” Sadly, some forget this detail. Disclaimer: prom excludes freshmen and sophomores from the magic. Upperclassmen also may not find interest in attending as prom prohibits their lowerclassmen friends from attending.

For some, missing out could feel like a bummer, especially if extenuating circumstances make attendance impossible. Everyone knows what makes themselves happiest, so people do not have to obey anyone forcing participation. Besides, it would be impossible if everyone attended. Imagine if every single junior and senior attended prom? What venue would take that many attendees?

Not everyone goes to prom. Life goes on. Not participating will not ruin high school. Try not to push your friend to go, as it boils down to a personal choice for them: “I just don’t feel like it,” senior Shelby Szucs said.

The worst thing modern media does lies in perpetuating the idea that one absolutely must experience prom or they risk missing out on some life-changing event. Skipping prom means nothing in the grand scheme of life. The personal experience students possess in high school depend less on prom, junior prom, or homecoming. The friends made, teachers loved, and facts learned will matter most in the future.