On June 5, Eleanor Roosevelt HS senior Layla Shapiro, 17, was supposed to attend her senior prom with boyfriend Teddy Velissaris, a sophomore at Syracuse University. It was canceled because of coronavirus.
What it’s like to miss your prom because of pandemic
It’s strange I won’t have a prom photo as a keepsake to look back on. And it’s strange to end high school without having a prom. It feels like we’re not getting closure.
My dress arrived on May 1, the day prom was canceled. At the beginning of the school year, my friends and I claimed the colors we wanted our dresses to be. Mine was light pink, but after looking for months, I couldn’t find anything that I liked.
Then my mom found this champagne-colored Fame & Partners dress, which cost $238, that we ordered in February. It’s much more elegant than a lot of other prom dresses.
I would’ve gotten my hair done at Kolorbar on the Upper West Side and my makeup done at Sephora. After taking photos with Teddy in my building’s backyard on the Upper West Side, we would have gone across town for rooftop photos with my friends.
From there we planned on heading to the venue: Maritime Parc in Jersey City. There also would have been an after-party back in the city before ending it all by watching the sun rise over the East River from John Jay Park.
Teddy and I may dress up and take our own photos for fun. And maybe next year, when it’s safe, there will be some event where my friends and I can wear our dresses. There’s no way I’ll ever forget the coronavirus outbreak — because it was my senior year.
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