My Personal Perspective on a Pandemic Prom

As a surprisingly lovely end to my senior year this Friday, I will be attending prom. Going stag with three other girlfriends has been my plan for years, and all the arrangements have been made. I had no clue how the situation would turn out 9 months ago, but now I have the opportunity to state my expectations and revelations about the coming-of-age tradition, as well as what this senior year really means to me.

I’ll admit, I’m a bit overwhelmed by the fact that I’ll be rejoining my entire class for the first time in so long. I’m most looking forward to reuniting with those I haven’t seen in over a year to be together as a class. Even though I have had the chance to spend time with close friends and teammates in smaller numbers, I’ve missed the collective spirit of being in the school community. My senior class is about 500 students, and even though I haven’t been able to get to know each of them closely, we’ve been through a lot together! In my opinion, we deserve a night to safely celebrate.

I’m also fascinated by the aspect of seeing new prom fashion. Over the last year sweats and tees have become the daily uniform for most of us, but seeing everyone all dolled up will be a treat! As trends have evolved and our location has changed (from the Drake Hotel to the campus parking lot), I’m sure students will bring their A-game. Personally, half the fun is getting ready for the event itself!

To me, prom means getting to celebrate the end of the high school experience. After a year that has distorted the meaning of the concept and taken it away from many of us, having a night to dance and dress up seems like an adequate reward. To the class of 2021,whether your prom will be in an auditorium, cafeteria or bedroom, take a little time to celebrate yourself and the hard work you’ve accomplished. We did it!


By Leah Ollie, Senior, Whitney Young Magnet High School

Instagram: @leahgraceollie

Written by Leah Ollie

Leah is a senior at Whitney Young High School, and has been working with True Star since fall of 2020. She loves fruit smoothies and cats, and dislikes kale and action movies.

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