Do You Really Need A Prom Date?

Opinion by: Vivienne P.

Edited by: Alexis L.

Visual by: Kaye O.

Since the release of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, I’ve always had high expectations for prom night: extravagant dresses, the perfect corsage, surrounded by friends; a time that was going to be “the best night of our lives”. But as prom season emerges around the corner and less than two months are left until the event, I find myself becoming more and more concerned with one large question– who should I go with?

At its core, prom is about merging students from different cliques, lunch tables, sports teams, and much more. It’s about branching out, talking to people who you’ve never spoken to before, and making memories with some of your closest friends. So why does everyone stress out about finding the perfect date? To put it simply, your date doesn’t really matter. It’s not the end of the world to go without a date to prom, just as it won’t make your night instantly better with a date. In truth, prom is just about having fun with the people you surround yourself with.

Prom should be a night when you celebrate the end of high school with your closest friends, not a night with unnecessary pressure for everything to be perfect. People can often get caught up dressing in a certain way, acting a certain way, and lose sight of what prom is really about. Going alone relieves you of the pressures of staying with your date the entire night, and  prevents any drama about who you go with and why. You can focus on the relationships that matter to you and meet new people, especially since it is the last time for juniors and seniors to come together. These last two years of high school have been stressful enough with IB, college applications, final exams, and so much more that worrying about a date to prom should be the least of our worries. There’s a lot of pressure to have a prom date and to make the night spectacular, but that stress can easily be eliminated by choosing to go with your group of friends or as a pair.

Prom is going to be a great night regardless of who you choose to go with — whether it be with a group of friends, by yourself, or with a date. You don’t need the perfect dress or a fancy corsage, just a couple of friends to create some new memories.