It's Prom Season, Ladies And Gents, Remember These 9 Things Before Putting On The Dress Or Tux

It's Prom Season, Ladies And Gents, Remember These 9 Things Before Putting On The Dress Or Tux

To those that are going to prom for the first time, amazing! To those that are going again, also amazing!
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So with it now being the month of May, it is notable that prom season is now approaching for many high schools. I've been out of high school for almost a year now, but I still remember going to both my junior and senior prom.

To those that are going to prom for the first time, amazing! To those that are going again, also amazing! From the two times I went to prom, here are a couple of things that I took from them.

1. Don't feel pressured to find a date.

Friends are just as fun as a date. If you already have a date and you get invited to join a friend group, join them. It'll probably make the night more eventful.

2. Don't spend too much money on a dress.

Is there a dress that is totally under your budget but it's still really pretty and you really want it? Get it! You'll save more money.

3. Make sure you know what hairstyle you want when going into a hair appointment.

Senior prom I found the hairstyle I wanted for prom minutes before my appointment. Good thinking on my part, haha.

4. Don't be afraid to say no to a date you don't want to go with.

It might make the person who asked you feel bad, but it's better than not having a fun night with someone you didn't want to go with.

5. Don't be the one sitting in the corner when everyone is on the dance floor.

It's probably the last time you'll see some of these people! Have fun!

6. Leave a situation if you are uncomfortable.

You want to try and have a drama-free night. I mean, you don't want to be in the middle of it.

7. Smile for the pictures, even if you don't want to.

Please smile. It'll make your parents happy and if you had a good night, you'll look back on the pictures and remember the fun.

8. Guys, please know what a corsage is.

It's a flower wristband that goes on the left wrist. There you go.

9. The most important tip: be careful driving.

It's been harped on and some might be sick of hearing it, but it really is important. If you're the driver and you're tired, have someone else drive or get someone who is capable of driving. Be aware of traffic. The last thing people want is to see that someone has died driving home from prom. It's already a big tragedy.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.

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I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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