Editor’s note: In 1990, Eatocracy’s Kat Kinsman didn’t have a date to her senior prom. Only opposite-sex couples were allowed to buy tickets, so she couldn’t just pair up with a friend. She was terrified to go without a date, but decided she’d take a leap of faith. Here’s the pep talk she wishes she could have given herself more than 20 years ago.
Dear 17-year-old self considering staying home on prom night because you don’t have a date,
Oh, you poor, stressed-out, self-hating misfit girl, just suck it up and go.