‘Tis the Asking Season
by Kat Feary on Friday, April 26th, 2013
As both boat dance and prom draw near, more and more people have been extending invites. With boat dance scheduled for May 11th and prom for June 1st, the next couple of weeks will be filled with all different kinds of invitations, ranging from casual conversations with friends to elaborate proposals for couples.
In asking someone to boat dance or prom, many different elements contribute to how cute the invitation is perceived to be, and therefore the success of the invitation. The first and most important aspect is the amount of thought one has put into the invitation. Coming up with a cute way to ask takes a lot of thought, and without this process, the invitation won’t be as memorable as it could be. The most thoughtful people are able to come up with original invites that their dates will remember. Another aspect is whether or not the invitation is done in front of others. Most of the proposals that are in front of peers require a good amount of effort and planning because they need to be executed perfectly. Putting oneself out there in public gains favor from both the audience and the invitee. However, private invites can also be considered cute if done well. Couples will often choose this option, and most find this alternative to be more romantic, especially if they ask in a creative way. With couples, both parties assume that they will be going together, so Milton students are more willing to put themselves out there since they have no chance of being turned down. A third ingredient in a good ask is the element of surprise. Like a surprise party, everyone wants to see the reaction.
Since boat dance comes first, many more invites have been extended to it than to senior prom.The very first invitation to boat dance was from Alex Lee (II) to Stephanie Gavell (II). The day after we returned from spring break, a sign hung along the top of the railing of the student center reading “Steph, Boat Dance? -Alex.” It was hung up for the whole school to see, and everyone thought it was adorable. Another proposal came from Scott Majkowski (II) to Maddie Warwick (II). Waiting in Maddie’s basement, Scott hung streamers along with a sign reading “Boat Dance” in rainbow colors. As Maddie walked down the stairs, Scotty held out the sign. She was completely taken by surprise, and everyone enjoyed hearing about the elaborate display Scott had set up. A third creative invitation was extended from Matt Morin (II) to Mary Ellis (II). After sit-down dinner one night, Matt set up candles outside, spelling out “Boat Dance?” This invitation took a lot of effort, and many praised Matt’s thoughtfulness. All of these asks are excellent examples of great, memorable boat dance invitations.
With both events approaching, Milton students will extend more invitations in the next couple of weeks. As students begin pairing up, everyone will grow increasingly excited for these events, as they ramp up their dance preparations with new dresses and new dance moves.
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