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No Date? No Problem.

Shelbie Souza’15

Staff Reporter

May 4, 2015


Listen up ladies! For all you beauties that think you need a date to the prom, I am here to tell you, you are wrong. Society, media, and our high school expectations tell us that in order to look great for prom, we must have a date. We need a knight in shining armor to ask us in a huge and gaudy promposal, and we need a prom king so we can feel like queens.

As young adults we need to start feeling secure with ourselves. We are not always going to have friends and people to be our security blankets. Not having a date to prom is a way of being independent. You do not need the presence of a person to determine how your night will go; only you can determine that.

Going to prom alone gives you more opportunity to spend time with your friends. Going stag enables you to be together in groups, instead of solely focusing on a date. Another positive, you can dance with whoever you want! Even if your date is not a romantic interest, you feel obligated to never leave your date’s side. Dancing with others could make your date feel left out, and even miserable. With your date feeling unhappy, you too will not have fun.

When you have a date, you have to go through the hassle of picking a color, matching tuxedos and dresses, and even buying flowers for the other person. What if your date wants to wear a color that you don’t like or vise versa? You should be able to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and great.

Think of all the money you’ll save! Prom is an expensive time, and tickets are $50 each. Sometimes one person will pay for both tickets. That is $100 for a night with someone you may not even want to go with.

And how about the anxiety of it all? What if your date is late for pictures? How will you get there with them? What if your friends don’t like the person. These are all questions you have to ask yourself before committing to having a date.


Just remember ladies and gents; before deciding on having a date, be selfish. Think about what YOU want, how YOU want your prom experience to be. It does not matter what your friends or anybody else thinks. You have to do what is best for you. After all, it is your night to shine, and you don’t need anyone to take away your spotlight.