The lights, the drama, and the let down

The lights, the drama, and the let down


The typical Sheridan High School prom; dates are ditched, couples slip off to dark corners, and lonely kids stand at the drinking fountain creeping on the prettiest girl there. Prom is not all it’s cut out to be.

Although the dresses may be glamorous and the tuxes spiffy, the idea of prom night is over glamorized by students today. The way it is portrayed in Hollywood makes it seem like the best night of a high school student’s life. But the truth is, it’s not.

First of all, girls make a bigger deal of it than it needs to be. Every girl has that one dream guy who they’d love to go with, but the truth is, that dream will soon fade away when he ends up asking a sophomore or freshman girl. And crying and blabbering about it is probably one of the most annoying things.

However, preparation time can get a little ridiculous. Girls get together at the designated house around two o’clock to prep for grand march. But seriously, it takes four hours to curl your hair and put on a dress? The guys arrive at around five to eat the dinner that’s provided by the parents, and then they take about 10 minutes to put on their tuxes and some cologne.

Prom does not consist of the fancy cars, dream dates, or romantic slow songs. It’s simply two people walking in a circle and then sitting down in uncomfortable seats for another hour. Afterwards, it’s a jungle of kids grinding with random people while dubstep fills the small gym with the typical “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” thrown into the playlist. However, one does not simply go to the dance without losing his/her date in the mob of students. When the music stops, the lights come on, groups of kids leave together deserting the hot, humid gym.

What follows the dance is different for most students. Some go to parties, some go to the after party at the bowling alley, and some simply head home with the devastation of their date ditching them. But it just so happens that no matter how the night ends, it always seems to be a disappointment of a night.