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Having the Time of Your Life

When it comes to prom, don't let your friends make the decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. 

My high school had televised announcements during homeroom, but nobody ever paid much attention to them because we were too busy talking about our morning and our plans for the upcoming week. This day was very difficult though. Everybody was very quiet and just stared at the TV, everyone but me. I was completely unaware of what was about to happen. After a few minutes of updates about after-school sports, the lunch menu and some miscellaneous notes from our principal, a video began to play. My boyfriend at the time was part of the television production class, and he was on the screen talking about buying dresses, renting limos and getting ready for the "best night of your life" at prom. Toward the end of the video, he was joking about how girls expect their future dates to plan an elaborate display of affection in front of as many people as possible when asking them to prom. I always thought this was ridiculous until I saw my boyfriend break into an irresistible grin on camera and say, "Maddie Seel, will you go to prom with me?"

I was ecstatic and honored to have been asked in such an exciting way. It was adorable; I was giddy with happiness the rest of the day. However, I soon found out that prom would be a true test of the values I hold close to my heart. As planning began, the biggest decision was what our group would do after prom. All of my friends knew that I was part of SADD and I was not going to go out and drink after prom. But we weren't with my friends, and his friends did not understand my values. 

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Written By: MadelineBot

Madeline Seel
Special Projects Coordinator
Madeline joined the SADD National Staff in 2017 as the Special Projects Coordinator. Her roles include conference support, assisting the Acting CEO, and supporting programmatic efforts throughout the organization. After personal tragedy, Madeline joined SADD. In her high school, she led various projects including Y.I.E.L.D. (Youth Involved Education of Legal Drivers) to educate her community about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, served on the Allegheny County Youth Traffic Safety Board, was named the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania SADD Student of the Year, and much more. As a previous SADD student, Student Leadership Council Member, Student of the Year, and intern, her passion for SADD has been unwavering. A senior at the University of Pittsburgh, Madeline is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and religious studies.