by Natalie Brennan
As I drove home after purchasing the prom dress I tried on, I couldn’t help but feel that I had succumbed to the prama. After the saleswoman saw which dress I had come to try on, she told me that two other girls from my school had come to see it. She told me I should post it in the Facebook group immediately and highlighted WHS on my receipt so that she wouldn’t sell the dress to anyone else from the school.
I didn’t know if I was just swindled by the greatest saleswoman of all time or if other girls had come to try on the dress--but either way, did it matter? It is time that we take a step back from the drama that surrounds prom and start looking at the big picture.
There are currently 230 girls in the Prom Dress group on Facebook; 230 girls who are all essentially searching for different variations of the same dress. It is irrational to think that no two girls will buy the same dress. And in the grand scheme of things, what does it really matter? Are we that self-conscious that we can’t bear to be compared to another girl? Are we so materialistic that we have become so possessive over a dress?
Girls are not the only ones who are to blame for prama. “Prom-posals” have become more extensive and elaborate than ever. Not only have guys started asking girls to prom excessively early, but they also have started competing with one another, putting prom dates before friendships.
Sometimes it is hard to put things in perspective. If we remove ourselves from the situation and look at prom from an objective view, it is easier to realize how petty we are acting. We should be more present in the ”now” and not so preoccupied with an event three months away; there is still snow on the ground, after all.
In a few years, it is not going to matter how we looked or with whom we went to prom, we will remember it as one of the last times that we were able to come together as a class to celebrate everything we have accomplished in the past four years. Prom is a celebration; dressing up for the occasion and bringing a date should only be looked at as additives, not the big picture.