Jennifer Hsu, Video Producer, WNYC Interactive
Jennifer Hsu produces videos about news and culture for WNYC. She is the creator of the ongoing Know Your Neighbor video series of intimate portraits about living in New York City.
Most high-school seniors attend their prom. Only a few defy tradition and go dateless. Meet one of the brave ones: Tiffanie Galan, of Borough Park, Brooklyn.
A month before the prom, Tiffanie's relationship with her boyfriend of two years started to fall apart. It was an inconvenient time for a breakup — the prom ticket, hair and makeup appointment, and gown (a blue mermaid dress) were all set — but she decided to go ahead with the split anyway. She would just attend her prom alone.
"I felt sad she didn't have a date for prom," said Tiffanie's mother, Diana Galan. "I said, 'Let's invite somebody.' And she told me, 'No, I want to go alone.'"