By: Olivia Diaz, Staff Reporter
I am constantly hearing juniors and seniors claim that when they were freshmen at the prom, it was a scary experience. Let’s just say that there were some hazards in this dreamy picture. I admit that bursting through those doors at every prom is not always a walk in the park; almost every person is scared and doesn’t want to be embarrassed. However, that doesn’t mean that parents and students should let past experiences restrict others from not going.
There is the fear of the unknown. Nobody, especially newbies, wants to look completely foolish in such a crowded event. Where there’s high energy, there are high risks. But seriously, are freshmen not allowed to go to prom because of the grade and the age difference? If it’s such a pain to allow the freshmen to bust some moves with kids around their ages, then what do they expect them to do? In the long run, the older students have gained more experience and are usually the most mature in diverse situations. But when it comes to something as passive as prom, I know some freshman who would probably act just as mature as most of their older peers.
What’s this an example of? It’s an example of isolation, and the freshmen are being isolated from an optional opportunity that should be opened for every high school student. If they wanted to smack pacifiers in the mouths of the newbies and not permit them from participating activities with the “grown-up” kids, then they would’ve warned them long ago. Besides, this prom is to make a “positive impact for future learners,” isn’t it? Then why would this sponsored event allow freshmen to be negatively isolated now, without even considering the unfair fact that past freshmen were allowed to go?
We’re all in this together here at Oak Grove, so why should the higher grades be allowed to share their pleasant time together at school in a carefree event, and freshmen shouldn’t? It’s flattering that people care about our well being, but at the same time, they shouldn’t take away an important school event from us just because of that. We’re tougher than we seem, and I believe that the majority of us are capable of not acting like babies in public. So, I refuse to believe that it is fair at all to separate freshmen from the other grades when it comes to an optional get together like prom.
By: Taylor Parsons, Staff Reporter
To be perfectly honest, juniors and seniors don’t want freshmen at prom unless they are dates, and that can make freshmen feel unwanted (which they are) and excluded (which they should be). Most juniors and seniors haven’t already been to prom and want the night to be theirs for the taking. Freshmen just don’t have the high school experience to handle prom. I like to consider myself a mature person, and I wasn’t mature enough to handle it yet. There’s a reason prom is designed for juniors and seniors.
Going to prom as a freshmen somewhat takes away from how special junior and senior proms are. Picking the perfect dress, hairstyle, and shoes becomes less of a priority. Prom is something that current seniors who went for the first time last year were buzzing about since September. By the time I’m a junior, I hope I have that same anxiousness, but I’m afraid people who have been going for three years don’t get that same inquisitive excitement. That is not to say that prom is boring, just to say that it becomes more routine when it is an annual event.
The truth of the matter is, the rule that freshmen cannot go to prom has already been made. Freshmen, it’s okay! You have three years you could possibly go! Live those up. Don’t sulk in the fact that you won’t be going this year. It’s for your own good. Prom is a blast, but it should really be saved for any other year.