Back in my high school, we did not have the typical “prom” that most public schools have. We had what was called “Jr/Sr” (Pronounced: Junior-Senior), which basically meant that only juniors and seniors of my high school could participate in this social event. Our Jr/Sr involved traveling to a lavish place and eating a fancy dinner (which I later realized was NOT common for most public schools). How the students acquired their dates was the same though. Most students proposed to one another with cheesy flowers and letters as would be for any other ordinary high school prom proposal, but this one instance was a bit different.
I was a senior back when this happened and was good friends with this one junior girl (let’s call her Christina). She wanted to ask out one of my senior friends (let’s call him Brian) to Jr/Sr. Both were the top students in their class and shared similar class schedules, so she thought why not. This proposal stood out because she had the nerdiest way of asking him out and ran through the plan with me.
First, she would approach him after math class and explain to him that she has trouble with her graphing calculator. Brian, being the friendly math and tech whiz that he is, would attempt to do his best to fix the problem. Unbeknownst to him, she inputted an equation on her TI-84 graphing calculator that would graph out the word “PROM” if he pressed the ‘Graph’ button, which she will consistently urge him to do while she tries to explain her situation. It was as simple as that, but things got complicated when she tried it.
(Prepare for awkward and cringe-worthy material.)
After AP math class, most of the students rushed to leave for the next class. Brian, walking out of the classroom and talking to some of his friends, was just about to do the same when Christina stopped him and started to explain to him that her calculator was acting weird. Everything seemed to be going as planned … until one of Brian’s friends (let’s name him Jon) stepped in offering to help. Christina then had to explain to Jon that it may just be a simple solution that only needed one person to fix. Brian, confused by Christina’s explanation, starts to tear apart at the calculator’s battery forcing it to reset and then starts messing with the Input functions where the original equation that spelled out the word “PROM” would be displayed. (I felt her horror and dismay from where I was standing from. And where was I when all this was happening? In a little corner behind the lockers trying to record what was supposed to be a sweet proposal for her to look back on. Guess I’m deleting that video.)
Things got more complicated as time progressed, so Christina eventually took back the calculator, input the original “PROM” function back, pressed the ‘Graph’ button herself, and gave the calculator back to Brian. You can see Brian’s expression go from confusion to completely shocked (with a sprinkle of happiness) after she gave him back the calculator. I could hear from the distance Brian saying, “Are you serious?” Then Christina said, “Yes!” as she pulled out a rose from her backpack. “Will you go to Jr/Sr with me, Brian?”
That was a fun experience to observe. Christina ended up asking for the video still despite what happened, and we all had a good laugh at it at the end of Jr/Sr. If you are unsure or embarrassed of asking out someone, just know the outcome will probably be better than this proposal.
Stay and finish strong.