Re: Prom Night is near....
You don't have to go to prom at all. At my school there were lots of people who didn't go. Now that I'm in my 20's (OK-late 20's at age 27), I have TONS of friends who never went to their high school prom. It might seem like everyone is going, or it might seem like some sort of right of passage, but its really not that big of a deal. You aren't missing out on anything but wasting a bunch of money and going through a bunch of goofy formalities that society says we must go through (like buying your date a corsage, getting a limo, etc. etc. ... who cares -- I bet you can think of more fun things to do!).
Your parents love you and I doubt they'd be disappointed that you don't go to some silly dance.
I did go to my junior prom but not my senior prom, because I was with the same guy the next year - he was 9 years older than me. He must've felt like an idiot going to a junior prom at his age! We ended up getting married and divorced, but if I hadn't been with him, I know I would'nt have gone to my prom - and so what? It was not that big of a deal.
And, if prom is really important to you -- you always have next year -- they say the senior prom is the most important (who are "they" anyway, I don't know) -- you have to plan ahead, because it can take months for a girl to find a dress and for you to make dinner reservations and all that crap (really, it is just crap -- basically people trying to get you to spend your money on things you otherwise wouldn't buy). So next year, or even over the summer, start making friendships with girls you have things in common with. Or, look for girls who aren't going to prom this year.
The kids who go to prom every year since they are a freshman are wasting their money. And that isn't that common anyway, so don't feel left out.
Whoever says you'll regret it - that just depends on who you are. I know I wouldn't regret it now if I never went - its not like a big highlight for me, it was just another date with my boyfriend at the time, big deal.