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Dateless for prom need not be a downer
High-schoolers envision many different scenarios for prom night. They may have their wardrobe picked out, the
transportation arranged and the group of friends with whom they will celebrate. What prom-goers
may not foresee is heading to the prom without a date. The reality
is that students go solo to the prom each year and still have a very good time in the process.
Prom is a highlight of high school for many teenagers. But a great
deal of pressure is placed on students come prom night, when
students worries about their attire pale in comparison to the social pressure many feel. Many
would-be prom goers would prefer to go without a date to
alleviate some of the pressure to live up to certain prom night expectations. Today it is quite
common for groups of friends to go to prom or homecoming together.
For students attending the prom without a date, there are still ways to enjoy the event to the
fullest. These are some tips for having fun at prom if youre going stag.
Establish a party within a party. Use the prom as an excuse to hold a singles mixer. Spread
the word that there will be opportunities for other singletons to meet at the prom and perhaps pair off if a connection is made.
There are likely many other boys and girls at the school who are
attending the prom without a date, making prom night a
perfect opportunity to meet someone new. Knowing there will be a new group of friends to meet once they arrive could motivate
students to attend.
Take a friend. Provided the school doesnt have strict rules about prom couples, bring whatever friend you want to be your prom date. You are likely to feel much more comfortable with someone you know by your side hamming it up for photographs and making sure you dont share all of your secret dance moves on the dance floor.
Sibling set-up. Sometimes a well-meaning brother or sister can suggest one of his or her friends to be a date for the prom. Older siblings who have already gone through the ritual of prom and understand the pressure of finding a date may alleviate those concerns by making a match for their teenaged relative. The date neednt be a romantic one, but just a way to spend time together and pose for pictures.
Take to social media. Social media has enabled teens to expand their social circles regardless of geography. Ask a social media friend who might live outside of your school district to be your date for the prom. This can be a great way to grow your friendship and have a fun night together.
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