Every Thursday is Throwback Thursday, so I decided to share my experience of attending my senior prom with iLevel. Every high school student knows that the most memorable high school dance is senior prom. It’s the last dance you have with your high school friends. Plus, it’s not just any dance. It’s formal! Prom is important because it gives young people the chance to develop their social skills. Prom should be about social relationships, not social status. There are seven reasons why you should go to your senior prom. First, you get to dress up. Second, your friends are going. Third, it is the last big formal high school event. Fourth, it is the last dance. Fifth, there is more than just dancing. Sixth, parents will be excited. Last but not least, it is PROM. It’s every teenager’s dream to be able to go to prom. Senior prom is also a night that no one will ever forget. It is a night to remember.
My senior prom experience was amazing and fun. It was even better because I got to use my iLevel power wheelchair. In May of 2017, I went to my prom and it was a night that I will always remember for the rest of my life.
On the day of the dance, all the students who were going to prom got to leave school early, including me! I had to get myself ready for the dance. It was difficult to find the perfect dress months prior to the dance.
After I was done getting ready, my family and I went to the pier to take some pictures. I remember seeing my mom in tears because she was couldn’t believe that her little girl is going to her senior prom. She was so proud of all my accomplishments. The cutest picture that I took with my younger brother was him kissing me on the cheek.
After pictures, my mom took me to venue where prom was being held. As soon as I got there, I took a few pictures with my friends. I got to meet one of my friend’s closest friends. I remember we were chatting during dinner and a song from a famous Spanish singer came on. I immediately recognized who the singer was, but I was surprised to learn that he knew who the singer was as well. He told me that he was half Dominican and half Puerto Rican. I was surprised to hear that too. I talked to him in Spanish and he was surprised that I could speak Spanish very well.
It was so much fun to dance with my friends in my iLevel power wheelchair. A lot of great music was played that night. I was elected to be prom queen, but I didn’t win the crown. That didn’t stop me from having fun though. I remember that there was a photo booth there and my friends and I had fun being silly in the photo booth.
Later, when a slow dance came on, I got to dance with my high school crush. It was nice feeling to have, but I felt really nervous. I’m never going to forget about that night. It was the best night of my life.
About Zoe Hernandez: Zoe lives in Meriden, Connecticut. A Quantum® brand ambassador, Zoe attends Abilities Expos and speaks with people about her disability. She is currently enrolled in college and hopes to work in a community one day with people who are just like her. Click here to learn more about Zoe.