My First Homecoming
Updated: Nov 22, 2019
This past September, I attended my first Homecoming as a freshman at Petaluma High. To me, the experience was pretty overwhelming. I’ve been to plenty of small dances in eighth grade and middle school, but Homecoming felt like a much more thought-out version of those small middle school dances.
Eighth grade dances were advertised as being these huge, lively events, but in reality, they weren’t as eventful. Homecoming was incredibly loud,lively and overall a great time. I remember all the dances being very awkward in eighth grade, and most of the time it was just the boys and girls were separated into groups. Homecoming had groups that were mixed and not just one group of guys and one group of girls. and I think that was mainly due to how everyone has matured.
Although it was fun to watch people ask others to dance and watch the awkward interaction ensue while in middle school, I still think the dances were unable to live up to what the school and leadership team envisioned. Homecoming is always portrayed as a fun, larger-than-life experience, and in reality it delivered on those promises. There was a giant mosh pit in the middle of the gym which was pretty hectic but was really exciting. Another thing about Homecoming that I did enjoy was all the free drinks and snacks, but they ran out too quickly for my friends and I to even get one.
“Oh it was fun, I had a great time with all my friends and I got a lot of complaints on my outfit,” said freshman Kekoa Lavilla. The music was very loud, and, if you ask me, too loud. Something I enjoyed a lot is that the music was not a fixed playlist and was actually refreshing, new and had a variety of songs.
I think this dance was better than any dance I went to in 8th grade and I really enjoyed it. I’d say the hardest part of the dance was the anticipation. Homecoming felt like some really important, defining event, but it should not have been that stressful because it was really enjoyable. Overall, the dance was very fun and exhilarating, and I thoroughly loved it.