From left to right, seniors Kelly Kruczynski, Doodley Garcia, and graduate Ariana Montesdeoca, hug for the camera at the beginning of the Homecoming Dance as they start their night of partying on Sat., Sept. 23, 2017.

Photo Courtesy of Luc Plaisted

York-Hi’s Declassified School Survival Guide: Homecoming

September 27, 2018

Junior Michael Moriarty  asked senior Sarah Pinkowski to homecoming with a funny poster and flowers.                        Photo by Grace Moriarty


It’s Homecoming time, dukes, by definition: the time for a cliché school dance where boys are expected to ask girls in a cheesy way to get dressed up and dance in a hot, sweaty gym. What a time to be alive.

Here’s the tea, or the gossip if you will, even though many of us may be sick of hearing about Homecoming, there is one very new group of people who aren’t broken in yet: Freshmen. Unlike the rest of us, they are still new to this. So this one goes out to all of you freshmen, here is York Hi’s Declassified School Survival Guide: Homecoming Edition.

First, there’s the homecoming proposal, the most nerve-wracking aspect of the entire event, where guys, or girls, ask their close friend, to go to the dance with them in cheesy ways. Most likely a poster or a pizza, you name it, it’s probably been done or said before. My advice? Don’t be so nervous about it, everyone wants to be asked to Homecoming with a grand gesture, and if you just happen to be the guy who does it, they’ll probably say yes. Have fun with it and get creative, the more fun you have with it the better.

Also, ladies and gents, it’s not a bad thing to go without a date, sometimes dances can be a lot more enjoyable without one. Try not to get too caught up in the whole “homecoming proposal” ordeal and just let loose.

Then there’s the dress, holy cow, the dress. Between finding “the one” and not accidentally wearing the same dress as someone else, it’s pretty tough. My freshmen year I had three girls wearing the same dress as me, how embarrassing, right? Wrong. No one really cares, if you feel good in it, rock it, don’t let that ruin the night for you.

For tips on fashion trends and what to wear this year, check out Grace Moriarty’s and Annika Tourlas’s article in the Homecoming Issue of York-Hi’s magazine. In case that’s not enough for you, I’d definitely recommend trying new boutiques or stores, don’t limit yourself to the classic department stores like Nordstroms or Macy’s. Get funky and try somewhere new, plus your chances of someone wearing the same outfit as you will be less likely.

While the dress and homecoming proposals can be pretty stressful, sometimes making plans for before or after the dance can be just as overwhelming. I get it, you want the night to be perfect, but slow down a bit, everything will work out even when you least expect it to. If you’re planning to take pictures, pick a house and show up an hour before you’re expected to leave for the dance. For plans after the dance, you can check out Sarah Pinkowski’s spread in the Homecoming issue. You can always just head back to someone’s house and wind down with a couple of friends and some snacks. Enjoy the night and make the best of it, but don’t get too worked up about the little things, it’s who you’re with, not what you’re doing.

My final piece of advice for all of you dukes is to have fun. Dress up for spirit week, go crazy when the marching band plays “Oh When the Dukes Go Marching In” at the pep rally and football game, wear green and white from your head to your toes. You only have so many Homecomings, you don’t want to miss any part of it. I promise that if you just embrace the craziness instead of worrying about it all, you’ll have the time of your life.

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