Homecoming: Debunking the “Dos” and “Don’ts”

Meredith Nemerov and Althea Barrows

The night of the Homecoming dance is stressful for everyone. Lots of planning goes into making every detail as smooth and perfect as it can be. However, by following this simple guide, you’re sure to have  the best homecoming experience possible. Step one: Get asked to the dance. Have your longtime crush stand outside your doorstep with a cute homemade sign. Step two: Find the perfect dress or suit. Step three: Eat dinner at a fancy restaurant with such a huge group of friends that you can barely name them all. Step four: Hop aboard your party bus and drive to EHS to dance the night away. At least, that’s what most highschoolers would consider the perfect homecoming.

Although some homecoming traditions are thrilling to some, many feel that it’s simply a reminder of money they can’t afford to spend. Tickets and a new dress or tux can sometimes already add up to unattainable amounts, not including the cost of dinner or a party bus. Many students at EHS come from upper class suburban backgrounds and don’t need to worry about spending excessive amounts of money on the occasion. However, they often forget how the expectations they have normalized can negatively affect their peers. Homecoming at EHS may never abandon these expensive traditions, but hopefully the student body will accept those who choose not to participate. The goal of homecoming is to unite the school in a fun celebration, and each individual person deserves the right to participate in it in their own way. Fancy dress/car/dinner or not.