Prom: A Waltz Away from Bankruptcy

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Michelle Mirza, Editorials/Two Cents & That's Rad Editor

We’ve officially immersed ourselves into prom season and all the exciting buzz has surrounded the hallways. It’s suffocating.

As if the hallways weren’t already crowded enough, now we have to deal with the promposals and the dresses and the inevitable panic phase for all the procrastinators out there (@ me now). Worst of all, the panic from anticipating the massive dent all of this will have on your bank account is very real.

As a high school senior whose paycheck funds more important things on my priority list such as my dying need for Chick-fil-A minis every morning before I enter prison (some people call it a place to get your education), I cannot afford to spend hundreds of dollars all for just one night.

Granted, this is a staple high school experience that I will most likely make the most of and will most likely end in me having a blast, but I still find it outrageous that the school asks us to fork up an additional $100 for a ticket, not including the other costs of a dress or tuxedo.

We’ve spent four years of our lives here and each year we are constantly asked to pay for this and pay for that. And since the majority of the senior class is continuing their education at a college, the monetary nagging doesn’t stop here. The least the school could do is lessen the blow of our impending debt and let us attend prom for free, or at least for a reasonable price that won’t cause our bank accounts to shed tears.

As previously stated, this is one night in our high school career that we’re supposed to be able to look back on with fond memories. Everyone should have the chance to experience prom, and it’s a shame that they’ve put an impossible monetary value on something that each and every person should be entitled to.