Many first time prom-goers anticipating a night to remember can feel a little daunted. Between tracking down a date, finding the perfect dress, or learning how to dance, just the thought of prom can be a little overwhelming for some people. While prom has evolved over the years, many things have remained much the same. Los Altos High School teachers share their prom experiences and prove that no matter what worries you have or decisions you make, your prom experience will probably turn out for the best.
Jeff Buchholz, math, attended prom with his girlfriend, but it was the dinner later on that stood out the most. He states, “We drove to a fairly exclusive restaurant in Santa Monica. We sat at the top of a tall building looking at the starry sky. Then we went to the beach. We kicked off our shoes and took a moonlit walk in the sand.”
For Jennifer Isley, performing arts, prom was a fun night to spend time with her close friends. For her, the night’s highlight was, “Seeing all my friends that I didn’t get to see on a regular basis.”
If prospective prom-goers are having issues deciding on the fashion statement they want to make, they might take a leaf out of Buchholz’s book. He waltzed into his senior prom wearing “a tuxedo with tails.” He made a bold statement, standing out. “Only one other guy had tails, and that was because he was my double date partner. It was unexpectedly classy for me,” he confesses.
Of course, just as many students will opt to veer away from prom, some teachers chose not to attend their high school dances. Jeff Hess, vice-principal, admits, “My parents gave me the choice between dances and sports, and I chose sports.”
For Shalom Montgomery, English, the choice was easy. “Ultra-strict parents” aside, she claims she most likely wouldn’t have chosen to attend prom had she been given the option. “In high school I had to pay, and I would not have bought a dress,” she said,“It’s expensive.”
Worried juniors and seniors might take some comfort in seeing that ultimately prom is just one of many high school experiences that will eventually just be a memory in a fond chapter of their lives.