February 5, 2017

Prom, Prom, and Oh, More Prom

Shifra Zuckerman ‘18

Prom is often one of the most festive nights in a high school student’s life. Such an exhilarating night comes with many stresses for both parts of the date. The dress, the tuxedo, the corsage, nevermind the promposals – oh, the promposals! – all seem to direct the majority of teenagers into panic mode.
“Prom is such a big deal because it’s a milestone that we’ve heard about and have looked forward to ever since we were little,” junior Rachel Bonder said. “You take cool pictures, get all dressed up and have fun with friends. It sounds like a great night.”
Although prom is in February, all of the girls’ chaos begins much earlier than expected.
“I’ve been thinking about my prom dress for as long as I can remember,” junior Sammi Glennon said. “However, I started really looking for it in September this year.”
Senior Sarah Shafir said that last year she “tried on a ton of dresses and finding the right one was definitely stressful.”
A girl’s preparation for prom is evidently more time consuming in comparison to boys, especially while trying to find the perfect dress. However, boys do have some thinking to do in order to impress their date.
Junior Elijah Taitel said, “I [started] thinking about my promposal around the beginning of December.”
One of the best parts of getting into prom mode is watching a promposal happen. There are many paths the proposal can go. It could be sentimental, funny, or just cute and simple.
In past years at GOA, the bar has definitely been set high; although, not many are feeling the heat of the competition this year.
“I think there is a little bit of promposal competition, but it’s healthy competition,” junior Andy Antiles said. “It’s like capitalism. It makes everyone’s even better.”
Senior Matan Poller said from last year’s prom experience that the “promposals were stressful, but a fun type of stress. It was exciting.”
Through the variety of stresses, the most common stress shared between both sides is obtaining a date.
“It is completely stressful not knowing who is going to ask you,” junior Rebecca Landau said. “I think almost everyone is anxious about that.”  
Senior Jamie Singer adds that last year she had “no idea what was going on or who was asking me. It made me a little tense.”
Putting the pressures and stresses aside, prom is an exciting milestone that almost everyone looks forward to. It is an exciting night that will make you forget all of the nerve-wracking preparation conflicts.
Enjoy your special night this year juniors and seniors!

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