Is Prom Worth It?

Joseph Cooper, Editor

Prom is a highly anticipated event for many high school students, but is it worth all the hype and expense? While there are certainly arguments for and against prom, ultimately, it comes down to individual preferences and circumstances.

For many students, prom is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers the chance to dress up, dance with friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime. It’s a chance to celebrate the end of high school and the beginning of a new chapter in life. Prom can also be an opportunity to bond with friends, especially those who will be going away to college or the military after graduation.

However, prom can also be a significant financial burden to both males and females. Between the cost of the dress or tuxedo, tickets, transportation, and dinner, prom can easily run hundreds of dollars. For families on a tight budget, like mine, this expense can be a strain, and the cost may not be worth it for some students. I  believe that there are also concerns for some students about the pressure and expectations that come with the prom. Some students may feel obligated to have a perfect night, with the right outfit, the right date, and the right group of friends. This pressure can lead to stress and disappointment, especially if things don’t go as planned.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not the prom is worth the cost will depend on the individual student’s circumstances. For those who can afford it and want to participate, prom can be a memorable and enjoyable experience. However, for those who cannot or do not want to participate, that decision should be respected. Students should not be made to feel bad if they would rather not spend the money on this high school event.

In conclusion, while prom can be a fun and meaningful event for many high school students, it is not necessarily a must-do activity. Students should be free to make their own decisions about whether or not to participate, without judgment or pressure from others. Ultimately, prom is what you make of it, and for some, the memories and experiences it provides will be worth the expense and effort.