Is prom worth it?

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Is prom worth it?

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Annabella’s Boutique on 3320 N Harlem Ave Chicago’s own tailors. Photo provided by http://annabellaschicago.com/

Annabella’s Boutique on 3320 N Harlem Ave Chicago’s own tailors. Photo provided by http://annabellaschicago.com/

Annabella’s Boutique on 3320 N Harlem Ave Chicago’s own tailors. Photo provided by http://annabellaschicago.com/

Patricia Magpantay

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The end of the year is approaching, and with only a few months left, seniors are already questioning whether all the expenses and effort is worth it enough.

Prom night is an American tradition that started over a century ago and has since become bigger and more extravagant. The tradition became so popular that it’s spread around the world and became one of the most anticipated events in a student’s high school career, it signifies the celebration and right of passage of finally finishing your years of education.

Senior Mya Shannon (Div. 933) said, “I’m probably going to be spending around $400 for prom, it’s still a little pricey but I think it’s worth it because it’s a once in a lifetime experience. I think it’s worth it for everyone else to go, you don’t have to waste a lot of money to spend an amazing night with your friends.”

It’s true that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to attend prom but there are those who are willing to go all out to get the most out of this supposed magical night. The average cost of prom can be up to almost a thousand dollars, the dress or tuxedo itself can cost hundreds of dollars. Renting limos or even party buses are a common purchase and on top of all that girls will go out to get their hair, makeup, and nails done which all can get really expensive.

Senior Ambrianna Almanza (Div. 947) said, “I’m not going to prom because I don’t really connect with others in my year in a way that I feel like I want to celebrate my four years with them. I don’t want to spend so much money to go to an event where I wouldn’t really enjoy myself only to be standing around and look good. I don’t want to go just to say I went, I’d rather spend my money doing something else that’s much more rewarding to me than being with people I don’t really talk to.”

Deciding whether the time and effort to attend an event like prom is worth it is all based on you, the cost of the outfit, the cars, the styling, and the ticket are all important aspect of it. It’s celebrating the years you had and making it to this milestone that makes prom the night of your life, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy the event, it’s about the memories you made.