By Corbin Blumberg
Homecoming is a christening of sorts for the freshmen, the youngest members of the upper school. The 2012 homecoming will be memorable no matter what for the freshman. Why it is memorable will be the question. Whether the freshman have a great time or make an embarrassing blunder may rely on the following. Freshmen, this is your survival guide to homecoming...
Tip #1: freshmen are not too cool for school
The freshmen get the privilege of all going to the dance together. There is limited stress on that front: the buses are organized, the dinner is set, and arrival time is standard. That is the easy part. The harder part about the initial homecoming is individual decisions, especially whether or not to dance. Year after year, freshman boys and girls slink into a self-conscious cave. The homecoming dance is what every student makes it. Dancing makes the entire night more fun. This is the opportunity for the freshmen to get out there with the sophomores, juniors, and seniors; it’s a rare opportunity. That is part of what makes it so scary for the freshmen, but it makes all the more fun.
Tip #2: stay healthy
When the class of 2013 gathered in the Blair lobby as freshmen in the fall of 2008, the current freshmen were in sixth grade, so they may or may not remember the nationwide swine flu epidemic. Well, swine flu had its impact on the 2008 homecoming dance. Homecoming is not an event anyone wants to miss. Colette Roa (‘13) was touched with it, but having the notorious flu did not keep her from attending the dance, though she certainly did not enjoy herself to the fullest extent.
Will Stroup (’13), a living homecoming legend, said he had pneumonia at the time, but nothing can tear Stroup down so he went to homecoming, horsed around, and had a blast. The moral of the story is do not get sick before homecoming. The week before homecoming, make sure to drink Emergen-C so that your immune system is in tip-top shape. Good luck staying healthy because if you walk into the dance feeling 110 percent, I guarantee you will have more fun.
Tip #3: keep it classy and have fun
Tip one was to dance, and that is crucial, but dance with some class. While the homecoming dance has fewer rules than the middle school dances the freshmen are coming from, it is not a free-for-all. There are teacher chaperons there. While you can get within a rulers distance of your date, nobody wants to see excessive public displays of affection. PDAs make people around you generally uncomfortable, so please keep it classy.
The second part of this tip is making sure you have fun. Freshmen, you only get four high school homecomings, so enjoy it. This is this seniors’ last homecoming; it will go fast, so make the best of it. Go to as many homecoming events as you can. Go to the Friday night football game; get into the theme of the game. Homecoming is not just the dance. The games are part of it, so enjoy them just as much as the dance. At the dance, have fun with everybody; let yourself go a little bit.
If you dance at the dance, stay healthy, keep it classy, participate in the homecoming events, and let yourself enjoy the moment, I PROMISE you will have a successful homecoming.
Image courtesy of Dazia Hall ('13)