By Morgan Fletcher –
Prom season is upon the students at Penn Manor and it is causing quite a stir.
There are many things in question when it comes to planning out that special night and many students find themselves stressed when they think about all that goes into it.
“I can’t even think about it right now,” said senior Katie Maisel. “It’s so far away and everyone’s already freaking out about it and it’s making me really nervous.”
One thing that students find to be extremely nerve-racking is how the question of asking someone to prom will come up.
Some guys feel obligated to go out of the way and enjoy taking the time to plan a creative way to ask a girl.
“Guys should definitely go out of the way,” senior Jeff Ford said. “You want to have the best idea. You have to do it big.”
One senior boy who wishes to remain anonymous plans on asking a friend he tutors to prom in a special way.
“I tutor the girl I want to ask in French so while I’m tutoring her I’ll ask her in French, ‘Will you go to prom with me?’ Knowing she won’t understand what I say, I’ll tell her to type the question into the translator.”
He believes asking a girl to prom should be “subtle, not generic; intimate, but not over the top.”
Guys with girlfriends have a different take on prom.
“Since I have a girlfriend, I’m just going to be like, ‘Are we going to prom or what?”’ said an anonymous senior boy.
Other boys simply don’t understand why an elaborate proposal is necessary.
“If it makes you happy, go for it,” senior Evan Singleton said. He admits that he never really heard of going all out for the occasion though and probably won’t attend prom.
A lot of girls in Penn Manor are indifferent about receiving an elaborate proposal.
“I’d appreciate something more elaborate but it’s not an engagement- it’s prom!” said Julia Rios.
“I don’t care. I think it’s the thought that counts,” said Veronica Willig.
“I don’t really care, but if you really like someone and they ask you in a really cute way, then it makes it a lot more fun,” Maisel said.
“I feel like as a girl you don’t have a choice of who you want to go with,” added Maisel who believes that it’s friends who usually set each other up.
Senior Elena Hart decided to go against the norm and ask her date to prom. She was nervous before doing so.
“I’m kind of freaked out because I think he’ll think it’s taking away his manhood but it’ll be a good senior memory and is a way to switch it up,” she said.
Other girls are in favor of Hart’s Sadie Hawkins approach.
“I think it’s a very defiant thing to do,” said Natasha Fletcher.
In case any guys feel like being creative in how they go about asking a girl to prom, here are some ideas courtesy of SparkNotes:
- Spell out Prom? on her driveway in candles or on her street with chalk.
- Write Will you go to prom with me? on a piece of paper, cut it up, then give it to the girl to put together.
- Fork her yard so that it spells out Prom? and take over spaghetti for two to her house. Ask her to borrow a fork since all of yours are in her yard.
- Bake a batch of cupcakes, put a piece of paper that says Prom? in one of the wrappers and give it to the girl.
- Stand outside of school with a sign that says Will you go to prom with this guy??? with a downward arrow on it pointing to you.
- Grab the girl in the hall, swing her into dance, and tell her that that’s only a taste of what she’ll get if she goes to prom with you.
- Create a Build-a-Bear and insert into the voice box Will you go to prom with me?
- Upload a video asking the girl to prom onto YouTube.