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It's that Time of Year

TIP: Homecoming


​​It’s the first big event of the school year.  There’s a lot to prepare for.  Expectations are high.  This could set the tone for the rest of the year.  W​e’re not talking about the first day of school, or your first big test.  Yep………that’s right…..we’re talking about Homecoming.  With the pressure to “fit in” and “look cool” higher tha​n ever before, the Homecoming dance and everything that goes along with it can cause both stress and anxiety for everyone involved. 

The list of things to consider is huge.  Who do you go with?  Your boyfriend/girlfriend; your friend; or the person you like (but only go as friends)?  What do you wear?  You have to dress up, but it’s not prom or anything!  Where should we eat before the dance? What do we do after the dance? What is my “date” expecting?  What if I don’t even have a date? 

 First of all…………take a deep breath.  Although it may seem like the weight of the entire world is hanging on these questions, remember that this is only one night and not everything HAS to be perfect.  Think about a time in your life when you really stressed about something before it happened.  After it was over was it really worth all that stress and anxiety?  Probably not.  You have lots of people around you to help you make all these decisions. 

The first step is to decide if you even want to go with a date.  If so, make a move to ask that person or drop some hints to that person that you want them to ask you.  If you want to go solo, ask a few friends that are going solo too if they want to go eat somewhere before the dance, then go to the dance together.  If neither of those work out……….it’s OK!!  Find something else to do that weekend.  Get together with some friends and watch a football game, or go to a movie.  Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have a date.  The world will NOT end if you don’t go to homecoming this year! 

 If you decide to go make a list of the things you need to do.  Ask your parents to take you shopping for something to wear.  If you can’t afford it………..use something you already have.  Again…….the world will not end if you don’t have a brand new outfit. Remember that Homecoming is not very formal.  Next, decide on a casual restaurant to eat at before the dance.  Someone in your group could also host a dinner at their house.  Ask everyone to bring something and have a bunch of different food to choose from.  Then, go to the dance and have fun!!!!  Don’t stress about dancing because you don’t even have to do that if you don’t want to.  Finally, decide what to do after the dance.  If your curfew allows it, hang out at someone’s house and watch a movie, or go to an all-night restaurant and grab some post-dance grub. 

 Whatever you choose to do…………do it safely.  Teens die every year from accidents on Homecoming night.  Many of those involve drinking.  Don’t be a statistic.  Remember that your choices will follow you for the rest of your life. 

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