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How to prepare for homecoming – mentally

Freshmen might be nervous about attending their first school dance
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Brianna Dionne ’27 and Mylo Lovely ’26 spend a moment trying to figure out their plans for homecoming.

Homecoming is right around the corner. When it comes to their first-ever school-wide dance some freshmen may struggle with the whole idea.

Either they’re too shy to invite their crush, don’t know how to get a ride to the site, or have difficulties finding their best outfit for the Starry Night dance. For some freshmen, it’s hard for them to put themselves out there and ask the person they want to go with as the new-comers of PIHS.

For others it’s a different story: they aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and they hope for the best. Even if the person they asked said no, they tend to just move on to the next. No matter if you’re struggling or if you’ve had it all under control, there’s always a solution or a plan that suits you best, even if you can’t think of it at the moment.

As a freshman myself you have to remember it’s ok to get rejected. It’s how you handle it that matters. If you don’t have a date, don’t feel insecure to go by yourself, there will be other dances. 

Sometimes it’s best to just go with friends, or even if they can’t go with you, the dance will still be fun, even if you didn’t arrive with anyone. Who you arrive with doesn’t define how fun the dance is going to be or who you will dance with once you enter the cafeteria.

If you’re struggling finding your perfect dress, don’t be afraid to reach out to a close friend for help and see if you could borrow one of theirs; they might have the perfect dress for you. If you have everything else planned, but can’t seem to find a way to the dance, ask someone close to you; maybe even a neighbor if they could give you a ride.

It never hurts to ask for help. “Remind yourself you are valuable, even if you don’t have a date to homecoming. Don’t compare your value to whether or not you have a date,” school social worker Whitney Pinette said.

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