It's painful and awkward, but it's necessary.

When you think of your Debs night, you think of all the glitz and glamour of putting on a long dress and getting dolled up. You do not think of half of your family watching you and the guy from the down the road stand in front of your fireplace with your arms around each other, struggling to smile. 

Ah yes, the Debs pictures. A nightmare for many a student as relatives and friends crowd around with several cameras; a sight more daunting than any red carpet event. All you want to do is have a drink and pick at the finger food, but you're subjected to this torture so you Mam can get just the right shot. 

If you've yet to experience this time-old tradition, then here's a spoiler of what's to come:

1. Everyone asks are you a couple.

And you most certainly are not a couple, but you needed someone to bring and sure look, he's nice enough.

2. You realise you've never really even been this close to him.

Have we ever even had a conversation alone? And now we have to put our arms around each other? Agh...

3. The flash blinds you.

Even after you tell them to turn the flash off. Several times.

4. An unecessary amount of cameras are produced.

As if your neighbour two doors down really needs a picture of you on your Debs. Put the camera away, Sandra. 

5. You don't kow which camera to look at.

Which means all your pictures come out crap with both of you looking different directions. 

6. Your cheeks begin to pain you.

Honestly, smiling for a long period of time is painful. 

7. You're forced to take pictures in different locations.

You need to cover all bases; the fireplace, the garden, the car, the kitchen, the stairs...

8. Your aunt starts to act like a professional photographer.

"Look up a llittle! Move in a bit closer, there. Don't be afraid! Fix your hair there, love".

9. Someone uploads the picture of you with your eyes closed.

Even though they took several others where you look fine, that is the one that will make Facebook.

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