The Disaster That is Homecoming

Written by Eli Elisco

As this year’s first formal dance waits just around the corner, students across PGHS too wait anxiously as they face the burning questions of who to ask, what to wear, and where to eat.  This dance is one that sets the precedent for all coming dances to follow, and is anticipated by many with great excitement as to what this supposed magical night should bring.  But as such questions are asked, one is often left unpondered: is it all even truly worth it?  

To many, the simple answer is, yes. Homecoming is viewed by many as an event meant to be cherished, as the dance, much like a holiday, only happens once a year.  Those who do love this event defend it, as they argue that this dance is more than simply a dance, it is a night of everlasting friendships and memories waiting to be re-lived the following year.  Other supporters admire Homecoming because the dance provides a chance for us all to dress our very best, while we get our pictures taken by our parents, making us all feel as though we are on the red carpet. However, as heartwarming as that may sound, it is not representative of how the countless others feel about Homecoming.

Yes, Homecoming does have its magical moments, but said moments are few and far between in comparison to the overwhelming negatives.  First and foremost, Homecoming puts an overwhelming amount of social and financial pressure on those students who chose to participate. Girls attending are too often expected to buy ridiculously expensive dresses and other items of clothing all of which are only worn once.  It is a rather odd concept to encourage young girls to dress as though they are full grown adults, as they wear pounds of makeup with ridiculous dresses.  The guys face similar financial conflict, for they are expected to buy shirts, and ties both of which must match in color to their date’s dress.  

Furthermore, it has become custom for these boys to buy dinner for both themselves and their dates at rather expensive restaurants.  Boys are subject to additional pressure by way of asking their dates with a creative sign, flowers, candy – and all in a nerve racking public setting. When local PGHS senior classmen, Levi Sanks, was asked to share his stance on the predicament, he responded by saying, “It’s just sorta ridiculous. Like, its so embarrassing having to ask the girl in front of everyone, but like you have to or all the other girls are gonna lay into you about it. The stress of it all outweighs the fun”. If so many students feel this way, then why do we all still put up with the disaster that is homecoming?