The prom checklist

For a typical high school student, prom is the same as walking down the red carpet.

It's the one day out of the entire year that students (mostly girls) have a chance to dress up and have millions of pictures to prove exactly how beautiful we looked. It takes months to plan out your perfect prom night.

The checklist of things needed seems to grow everyday and looks something like this:

1. Find a dress.

2. Find a date. If not, make step No. 1 something to remember.

3. Figure out where you can take pictures with all of your friends.

4. Find a ride that doesn't involve your parents dropping you off.

5. Make a table.

6. Figure out somewhere to go after, in case dancing isn't your forte.

7. Relax.

For girls, this list can go on and on, so I've decided to leave out all the extra pressure we have to look our best.

Aside from all of this checklist drama, the larger problem is that students aren't thinking about prom how they should be. It's not a night to make fun of dresses you might not like and it's not the end of the world if you didn't get asked.

Prom is supposed to be a night where you can actually be with your friends without an adult yelling at you to "stop loitering" or to "be quiet." Let's not forget, especially us seniors, that this will be our last prom.

Remember the checklist, but don't live by it. The added stress will not help you in your attempt to look like the next superstar. Relax, have fun, and be with your friends.

Taylor Maybeck is a senior in Shelton High School.