Night Before Prom: Hang out with a ton of friends and maybe go to a few parties. The one rule about Prom is you've got to start the party before the party starts.
Morning: Wake up for the day date and think to yourself, "Why did I ever sign up for this?"
Shower, do your hair, brush your teeth, throw on a T-shirt, maybe some shorts, and get into your car to go pick up your date. Remember to grab your favorite CD before you leave so you can sing along on the ride there; this early of a ride on a weekend may become monotonous.
When you approach the house, make sure you turn down your stereo; you don't want to be "that guy," a Typical High School Tool Teenager with his stereo blasting. Walk up to the porch and be cautious about ringing the doorbell; if you can knock, I highly suggest doing that rather than ringing the doorbell.
As your date approaches the door, get your best smile on and be ready to be a gentleman for the rest of the day, holding doors and spending the dough.
Day Date: Meet up with everyone in your group and realize this may or may not be a long date due to the fact the some people aren't exactly your best friends. Make friends with the people you don't know and talk to your already best of friends. Have a really good time at the day date and realize that it was a lot more fun than you expected.
The ideal day date, in case you're wondering, would be a gym tumbling place where you can really spread your wings and literally maybe try to fly from the rafters into foam pits or onto trampolines.
Home From Day Date/Getting Ready Take Two: Meet up with your best friend to go grab pizza (the only reason you didn't do this with your dates is because girls have to go get dolled up). Talk about how fun the day was so far, but insist that tonight is only going to get better.
Go home and take a long and very needed nap. Girls call this beauty sleep, but for guys it's just much needed sleep. Throw your tux on in five minutes or less; this can be a very fun competition if you are with a friend.
Relax and hang out until it's time to pick up your date. Dad or Mom may take a few pictures of their handsome son; this is the really frustrating part of being in a tux in front of family -- the compliments and pictures.
Meeting Her Parents: Walking up to the door, you are really confident in yourself. You and the entire world know you look great. Stepping into the house, seeing her mom, dad, little sisters and brothers or other family members, is the moment where all of this seems real. You now know that you are responsible to ensure their daughter has a great time and is returned to the house on time and alive.
Pictures start and they never end; you feel like Brad and Angelina when they go out in public and you start to feel sorry for them and other famous actresses and actors who have to deal with this regularly. After maybe 10-15 LONG minutes of pictures, you finally get to get into your car and head to dinner with the group.
Dinner: For me, this is my favorite part. You get to enjoy a very nice meal, take an extremely beautiful girl out into public and sit with friends and eat and talk for an hour.
The eating part just comes naturally; it's what guys do best. You don't want to look like a pig but you also want to finish your entire meal, because it is so good. If this means going the extra mile and making sure every last bite is gone, then that is completely fine. Just ensure you get the most out of your money and meal. You've got a really long night in front of you.
Dance: No fancy special cars, limos or cool buses to get there; all that isn't needed. Be yourself and do things that you typically do; I've found this to help a lot.
Taking pictures at the dance is usually what your date will want to do first. Gather your group and head to that long terrible line. Think about your smile a lot, because you want to make sure that when your date puts this picture on the wall, you don't look goofy.
Finally it's you and your date's turn for the solo picture, and you line up. Put one hand on her back, one on her hip and give it your best smile -- cheese! "Well, now the worst part is over with, let's get the group picture done," is your only thought.
Group picture goes quick; the photographer takes three pictures, two of which have you with your eyes closed or you talking to your friend. You really hope that she liked the last one as much as you did.
You walk to the dance floor feeling all special and ready to dance. You get your dancing on for a little bit until your date wants to leave, then you have the biggest test of the entire night ahead of you.
The Doorstep: As you and your date are driving home you both are talking about how fun it was and your favorite parts of the night. You start to think to yourself that you were a really good date and this night might end well. You walk her to the door, and just hope that she is thinking the same thing you are.
You meet her at the top of the stairs, start to thank her for being a wonderful date and she does the same to you. Then you decide just to go in for it -- don't worry about being rejected, this is Prom 2012.
You go in for the kiss and she follows, dreams come true, and you are on top of the world. NO ONE can stop you.
Robert Stewart is a senior at Fremont High School. He likes singing, rap, writing lyrics and playing guitar. Contact him at email@example.com.