The ultimate ask. 7 years of school-dance-dating have led up to this moment. In some ways, it’s easier to remember the skills you’ve learned. But this is a whole different level. Below are the steps outlining your guide to get through prom season, so study them. It’s not like you’re going to bother studying for finals.
- The search should start on social media. And if your class love story hasn’t begun organically, it’s only because you haven’t gone on Instagram. You can revisit past group partners and see if they’re single, then do a deep dive into their recent adventures. We’re looking for somebody with hobbies, someone who has bragging potential.
- When you’re at the dinner table there is going to be plenty of anecdote time. College on the horizon, or not, people will be talking about the future. Scary. You want to look for somebody who can hold a conversation. And more importantly, talk about all of the cool stuff they’re doing over the summer.
- Networking. You don’t want to limit yourself in the beginning. It’s crucial to have a web of about 5 potential students because if you’re looking so are they. Everybody is putting on their sparkliest, eyelash-batting personality trying to make themselves seem unforgettable. But along the way, it’ll become clear that they aren’t, and some potential picks will fall off your radar. It’s only natural.
- Money honey. Prom tickets are notoriously expensive, but senior pockets tend to be lint filled. And while it’s not holy matrimony, the phrase ‘marrying up’ summarizes our intent. You’re looking to couple with someone who can pay for your ticket and theirs. When asking about their job history make sure they’re currently employed. But subtly is key. No one wants to seem shallow.
- Height matters. Everyone wants to take pictures with someone who is of proportional height. Not falling out of the frame. If it can’t be helped and they’re taller than you, make them come barefoot. And if you’re having the opposite problem, step stools are on sale.
So don’t settle. You can cherish the people you’ve known in high school, sign their yearbook. But prom is where it gets serious. If your pick has made it this far, they are checking off all these boxes. There’s only one prom. Ever. And in the age of internet interaction, people will only remember the pictures.