Junior prom is without a doubt one of the most foolish events I’ve encountered so far in my life.

While it does offer some kind of closure for students and their parents, it also causes quite a lot of stress for the aforementioned students. There are a lot of things to be arranged – the evening’s program, for instance. Then there’s food to be made and dancing to be practiced, not to mention clothing to be bought – perhaps not so much for the boys, but for the girls it is a very burdening obligation.

If one (one that might be reading this very text) disagrees with my opinion, I am more than glad to list some supporting evidence. There is, for one, the fact that most of our generation wouldn’t like to have a junior prom (or at least, not one that is now considered “traditional” – one that includes fancy – or non-casual – clothing and dancing). Then there is the ever-lasting problem of dancing and making pairs – I assure you, it is an uncomfortable ordeal for both boys and girls.

Do not get me wrong; I definitely think that there should be some kind of event to mark the end of primary school – just not this kind. I think that junior prom should be just a gathering of parents and students, dressed not too fancy, but not quite as casual as usual, to celebrate (or weep over) the fact that you’re leaving primary school.

Zala Kožman