For some high school students, senior prom is a rite of passage before graduating and entering adulthood. Who you bring to prom can influence the way you view your entire high school experience.
When the big day finally rolled around for California high school student Chris Burwell, the teen was still dateless. But instead of flying solo, the teen made a decision “in the heat of the moment” to bring a very close friend: His Super Smash Bros. video game.
I took my one true love Melee to prom <3 Masterpost pic.twitter.com/UmUCfcePTt— Chris Burwell (@countchrisdo) June 5, 2016
Chris had his mother take pictures of him posing with the game disc. After the dance, he posted the photos, which quickly went viral on several social media sites, garnering 10,000 retweets and 15,000 likes on Twitter alone.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Chris said that he has no regrets about his “date” choice.
“I’m not, like, a total loser, but I don’t know any girls that I would take,” he said.
It was also the teen’s first high school dance.
“I was just like, ‘I’m gonna go, it’s my last year, I’m a senior. This will be my first prom, I should do something memorable,’” he explained. “I think that’s very memorable, and I don’t regret it at all.”
Chris told the outlet that his friends were none too surprised by his decision to bring a game to prom.
“They know me, they know my humor,” he said. “It was a really good conversation-starter.”
Chris then offered a piece of serious advice for teens who feel pressured to hide who they are in order to fit in: “In high school, you’re always trying to be something you’re not, or trying to conform. Just do whatever. No one cares about anything. In the end, this does not affect my life positively or negatively. Just do what you want.”