by Elana Golub on Friday, May 18th, 2012With June 2nd quickly approaching, prom invitations are the talk of campus. These gestures have been executed in a variety of ways over the past few weeks: whether in a dorm, assembly, the student center, or on the quad, prom requests are everywhere.
Grand public invitations have been prominent this year. Tom Schnoor’s (I) use of his head-monitor position to ask Karintha Lowe (I) to prom on a Monday morning assembly stood out, as well as Eric Davis’ (I) student-center rap request to Kasia Ifill (II) which drew a crowd. These kinds of invitations may seem daunting- however, they make a mark by being “ so brave,” according to a Class III student.
But what is the motivation for such a public invitation? “I think that not only the receiver likes the grandeur—the giver also finds it fun to cook up an extravagant invitation,” says Charlie Blasberg (III). “Spectators seem to like them, too.”
“I think that people like surprises and it can be fun to be asked or to ask in a special way,” states Molly Gilmore (I). “Also, a more grand gesture rather than a simple asking shows that the person put a lot of thought and effort into it.”
An anonymous day student girl (II) added: “It’s either cute to do for your significant other or a good way to guilt someone out of your league into going with you.” To serve as an example of the long-term impact that such an audacious gesture can have, she later mentions that her most unforgettable prom invitation was when Sam Ames (‘11) asked Rena Ogura (I) to prom by silencing the whole student center at recess and inviting her just as she walked in the door.
Although the larger, publicized invitations prove to be universally memorable, semi-public or private requests seem to generate equally positive responses. A Class II student highlighted her favorite invitation of this year to be from Brendon Minot (I) to Nina Wadeker (II), in which he went to a Build-A-Bear Workshop, dressed a bear in a tux, and put a voice recording into it that said, “Hey cutie, will you go to prom with me?”
Molly, in turn, disclosed her personal favorite to be a more private invitation as well. Travis Sheldon (I) typed out “Prom?” on a slip of paper with a Chinese translation on the back, sliced off the end of a fortune cookie and replaced the old fortune with his own invitation. He then resealed the plastic bag and put the fortune cookie in Amy Kerr’s (III) Chinese food when they ordered together.
The contrast between these private and public invitations, although stark, does not seem to cause a difference in response. Even the people who find a middle ground, such as Sophie Janeway (I), posting a colorful sign on Michael Davis’ (III) locker room door or Max Bennett (I) tying balloons that say “Prom?” on Julia McKown’s (II) car, still seem to elicit the same positive reaction. As said by an anonymous Class III student, “Although it’s nice to have a creative invitation, most people usually respond based on how they feel about the other person, not on how much effort the other person puts in.”
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