As other high school seniors stress over prom, I stay relaxed and calm. Not only am I leaving behind the mayhem of picking out a dress or making restaurant reservations.
I am ditching this 'momentous" occasion entirely. I have grown out of my prom dress and prom.
As a senior at Nation Ford High School, our prom is on May 2. But this year, I'm going against the norm. I'm skipping the trite occasion and doing something different.
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I have experienced the glitz and glamour of prom night from my junior year, but after the evening-long soiree, I was $300 lighter. I work too much to watch my money waste away in one night. I have more important reasons to save money: College books, car payments and, did I mention a trip to Germany?
So here's to creating a memory sans prom gowns, shiny necklaces and four-inch stilettos. I leave that to the amateurs. As for me, I'm trying a different scene.
Over the summer, my friend and I plan to visit friends and family in Germany. A trip to Germany will cost more than a dance, but no longer do I have to worry about finding a date or renting a limousine. I will only stress over coach or business.
Let me think. If I have to choose a one-night dance in everyday Fort Mill or a two-week trip to Europe, I pick the latter.
I don't want pity.
I choose to be a bystander when it comes to the whole prom situation. Trust me, I am getting enough prom experience from hearing my friends whine about tan lines and cheap parents.
I also don't want to hear complaints.
It is my personal choice, and I choose to practice my freedom. And if you just can't stand my decision, Photoshop me into one of your fake, "I'm-so-happy-my-parents-paid-for-this" pictures.
Although the music is upbeat, the mood of prom itself is sentimental. Prom doesn't signify the end of high school; Graduation does. I will see all the students from prom at school the next week. If I miss some big incident at prom, I will hear about it the following Monday.
I only have one chance to celebrate my senior year before I start another four years (minimum) of education. So I'm saving my money, packing my suitcase and guarding my passport.
Auf wiedersehen. Or, goodbye
Editor's note: Sarah Metallo is an intern at the Fort Mill Times.