A high school boy explains how prom is the culmination of his effort to get in with a cool group of people.
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For a more typical view of prom night, we hear prom night at Chicago's Taft High School.
Host Ira Glass talks with Kayla Hernandez, a seventh-grader who likes to reminisce about when she was a child, back in fifth grade. She visits Room 211 in her school, where her fifth grade class met, and looks at her old books, thinks about what happened there.
Sylvia becomes the first person in her Mexican-American family to go away to college, at a predominantly white school in upstate New York.