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15 Things A Girl Goes Through When Thinking of Going To Prom
It's the most wonderful time of your high school life! Here's how to deal with the eternal "to date or not to date" prom question.
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  1. You're probably on the fence about having a date.

    Prom Movie GIF
    via gurl.com

    Should you look for a date, should you even have a date? There's no one you'd like to really ask, in particular... And even if you do, you're not sure if it's going to work.

  2. Having a date is being 50% on your way to achieving your dream prom sequence, right?

    Taylor Swift "You Belong With Me" music video GIF
    via do-you-know-where-home-is.tumblr.com

    Just like the movies. High School Musical, Harry Potter (the Yule Ball is some sort of a prom, right?), Twilight, the Internet is overflowing with gifs of romantic couples dancing (and almost none with just friends dancing. What is up, Hollywood?!). If you already have someone, that's great! We hope you enjoy your prom.

    But if you still have someone just in mind, or you're choosing between options, or you're being asked by many, or you're being set-up by a friend to a blind date, or you're genuinely confused... Ask yourself:

  3. Can you really risk having the worst, most awkward conversations ever?

    Cartoon GIF
    via yourreactiongifs.tumblr.com

    Where the proverbial bird in this GIF is having more fun than you?

  4. Or what if you suddenly realize he has body odor or no sense of humor or not actually interested in spending the night with you?

    Andrew Garfield GIF
    via karamigo.tumblr.com

    And you can't rant to anyone because they're all busy dancing.

  5. Or what if being with a date comes with too much extra baggage and drama?

    The Carrie Diaries GIF
    via realizes.tumblr.com

    Ohhh boy.

  6. Can you really imagine spending prom being insanely self-conscious?

    Ariana Grande GIF
    via blip-blap-blop.tumblr.com

    You can stop touching your hair now, Ariana.

  7. Don't let the need for a date kill the prom vibes.

    Julia Stiles from 10 Things I Hate About You GIF
    via lafoliedesreveurs.wordpress.com

    We know how important prom can be, in our heart of hearts. So if you go (and we believe you must, at least once), then do it on your own terms. Take it from Kat Stratford from 10 Things I Hate About You.

  8. Decide to have a good time, round up some friends, and go.

    MTV's Awkward GIF
    via awkward-blog-jenna.tumblr.com

    Be the life of the party!

  9. Because when you're with friends:

    FRIENDS GIF
    via i.imgur.com

    Can anything even suck?

  10. And come on, high school doesn't last forever.

    PROM Movie montage GIF
    via beautyismyduty.com

    #Cheesy, but true. "I had so much fun with my friends dancing!" may not sound like an exciting prom story (come on, all your friends are saying versions of that), but it really does make for a great night. And you'll look back with fond and pleasant memories instead of tears and shudders and regret.

  11. So don't get a date just for the sake of having a date.

    Jimmy Fallon and Rebel Wilson GIF
    via buzzfeed.com

    If you're going to go with one, you might as well make sure he can ride your version of having fun. Like Jimmy Fallon and Rebel Wilson doing their improv dance competition. (We're not sure how you can beat this tandem, though.)

    If not...

  12. Why risk it?

    Benedict Cumberbatch eyeroll GIF
    via giphy.com

    Or else you'd be doing this the whole night. (And that will positively dry your eyes out. And make it hurt. And you'll be tearing up, but not for reasons people think. And now you have to defend yourself. Oh no.)

  13. Shimmy, babes, shimmy!

    Beyonce Single Ladies music video GIF
    via mrwgifs.com

    Go do your dance, girlfriend!

  14. Oh, and PS:  Don't let what other people say cramp your style.

    Amanda Bynes GIF
    via wifflegif.com

    Date, no date? Who cares? You don't have to defend yourself.

  15. Having a date is not the most important thing at prom—having good, wholesome, memorable fun is.

    Glee's Puck GIF
    via tvrecappersanonymous.wordpress.com

    Just do your thing and you'll be fine.

Are you going to prom this year? Have you decided whether or not you're going with date? Dish with other Candy Girls in the comments below!

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