Homecoming: A Survival Guide 


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Tickets for Homecoming 2021 are on sale for $20 next week.

With Homecoming week upon us, it seems as though everywhere I look I see Mustangs in a panic. Their panic isn’t without reason. 

As a result of Homecoming being cancelled last year due to COVID-19, the Class of 2024 and 2025 have never experienced a true MHS Homecoming, and the current upperclassmen have been deprived from the dance for what seems like an eternity. 

So, here is your ultimate guide to Homecoming. 

Buy tickets ahead of time. 

Planning anything with a group of teenagers is the equivalent of walking in circles and getting nowhere. However, the most productive solution is to buy tickets as soon as possible and arrange your plans around the main dance, if you intend on going. The tickets go on sale this week and will cost $20. Doing so will save all parties involved a headache, and it will make the process much easier. 

No date, no problem

Oftentimes, I see students shy away from Homecoming due to not having a date. But, there is no humility in going stag. In fact, it makes the night even more enjoyable as you can have fun on your own accord, rather than concentrating on your date and whether they’re enjoying the night or not. Destroy the thought that going without a date is the end of the world; it’s not. 

Pack provisions

Something I wish I had known before my first Homecoming was that between the extensive photo-ops and getting ready, I would not have the chance to drink enough water. My first Homecoming ended in dehydration and hunger, so I recommend bringing water and some small snacks in case you become peckish. Though there will be small snacks and water offered, it is better to be safe than sorry. There is no telling when hunger may hit you on the dance floor. Be prepared. 

Dance the night away (at least some of it)

Speaking from firsthand experience, standing and dancing for such a long duration of time is incredibly draining. But, understand that you don’t have to commit to going to the dance in its entirety. Simply attending for an hour or so will be the most proactive choice as it gives you an incentive to make the most of your time and enjoy it in whichever way you choose. 

Though some students prefer to pass on the dance, I believe that everyone should attend even if it is short lived. The Student Council (StuCo) has been extensively planning this year’s dance for a month in attempts to make it COVID safe. It will be even more worth your while as this is the first major high school dance since the pandemic hit.

Post-homecoming plans

Homecoming can be fun and enjoyable; however, that wears off as the night continues. After being surrounded by sweaty teenagers and blaring music, all you want to do is unwind. Hence, having something to do with your friends afterward is always a safe bet. Chances are, you may get separated from your group within the bustling crowd, so reconvening at the end of the night allows for everyone to spend time together. It doesn’t have to be anything major; simply going on a fast food run can be refreshing after being in such a crowded environment. 

Don’t romanticize Homecoming

In the movies, Homecoming is portrayed as this magical night where everything pans out according to plan, and everyone has the time of their lives. Unfortunately, the dance isn’t all that the movies make it out to be and getting your hopes up may lead to disappointment. Plans may fall through, your feet may be sore by the end of the night, and you may not enjoy it. With all that said, the night is only as fun as you make it, so try to let loose and destress from the school year.