Dear Nedlam,

I am feeling very nervous for prom and I don’t know if I will be able to go without a date. I am also nervous about the expenses and if it won’t be everything I thought it would. How can I make prom season less stressful and drama free?


Dear Nervous,

It is normal to be nervous for prom! Other than graduation, prom is the day that you have waited for for the last four long years. Everyone always hypes up prom night and it is totally normal and okay to feel like it isn’t a huge deal. If prom is a huge deal to you, that is also okay. Prom is special to everyone for different reasons. It is important to remember that prom is about enjoying yourself, having fun with your friends, and celebrating your accomplishment of making it through high school. The important thing is that whether you are nervous or not, the experience will be less stressful if you plan everything out early and communicate with the group of people you are going to prom with, then everything will be fine.

As for having a date, you really don’t need to stress about it at all. The pressure to have a date is unfair, and you shouldn’t have to have someone else to be complete! This night should be a night all about you, and it is a plus that you won’t have to worry about another person and keeping track of them. Prom by yourself can be fun too, and most people who bring a date barely spend the whole time with their date. There will be more than a hundred other people at prom, so I promise you will have to try very hard to be lonely!

If you are still feeling uneasy and nervous about not having a “perfect night” then here are a few things to keep with you or to remember on prom night:


  • Everyone is nervous. Literally everyone. You may think you’re the only one, but you’re not.
  • Bring a portable charger for you phone or a polaroid! You don’t want to miss the moment, so snap a few photos of your own.
  • Don’t feel embarrassed if you “can’t dance.” Today’s popular dance trends are ridiculous looking anyways!


And ladies:


  • If you are nervous about your hair, then bring extra hair pins!!
  • If you are wearing foundation, blend it into your neck and ears or else it will look really weird in photos.
  • Bring oil blotting sheets in case you get really sweaty or your face tends to get really oily

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