(Graphic by Autumn Mariano)
(Graphic by Autumn Mariano)

Wildcats, it’s that time again. Homecoming week has started, and many students are gearing up for the dance.

Before you break out the breath spray, you should ask yourself if you’re even going to the dance. Maybe you don’t have a date. Maybe you have too much homework. Or maybe you just think it’s too cheesy.

If you’re not going to this year’s homecoming dance, here are some ideas on how to spend the evening elsewhere:

Go for a night out off-campus: It’s okay to not go to homecoming, but don’t let the exciting night go to waste! Grab a couple of your friends and check out all that the nightlife has to offer. Whether it’s Salt Lake City or downtown Ogden, there is plenty in store to keep that homecoming evening alive.

Netflix marathon: Instead of sprucing up with makeup and cologne, you can climb into a pair of sweats and snuggle under a blanket. Make popcorn and get some cheap candy. Tonight it’s just you and your favorite TV series. And you two have a lot to catch up on.

Have your own homecoming: You can blast Taylor Swift, it’s okay. Just because you’re not going to the official homecoming dance doesn’t mean you can’t have your own. Take that fancy dress or expensive suit and wear it to Walmart instead. Listen to your favorite playlist while dancing by yourself. The possibilities are endless.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one not going to homecoming.

However, if you are going to the homecoming dance, here are some things NOT to do:

Wear too much makeup or overdo the cologne: We all do it sometimes, but no guy wants a girl who looks like a clown. And no girl wants a guy that smells like the entire cologne store at the mall. If you’re trying to impress your friends, go for that simple yet classy look.

Be overly clingy or overly clammy: It’s great that you have your own date for the dance, but that’s no excuse to follow them around all night. Introduce them to your circle of friends and meet new people. This means you shouldn’t clam up either. The homecoming dance is meant for mingling with other students so don’t be shy.

Take it too seriously: It’s just a college dance and they happen every year. Homecoming is all about hanging out with friends, dancing crazy and just having fun. If you’re out to make memories, let loose on homecoming night and just enjoy it with your fellow Wildcats.  

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