10 Reasons Homecoming Is Simply The BEST

10 Reasons Homecoming Is Simply The BEST

It's a whole season, actually.

This year, nobody seems really fired up about homecoming.

For some reason, no seniors are interested in going even though it is their last chance, juniors and sophomores couldn't care less, and even the freshmen - usually good for an excitement boost - are fairly apathetic. Why?? Homecoming season is absolutely, hands down, the best.

1. Proposals are the cutest.

Okay, even the most bitter and lonely of us smile when somebody FINALLY asks out their crush that says yes, or the whole cross country team gets together to hold a banner up for a proposal, or even when somebody decides to go with their friends. How could you not? The happy smile on their faces is totally infectious, and it's so cool to see who ends up going with who.

2. Picking out your outfit is the best.

Dress shopping is SO MUCH FUN, and this is coming from someone who usually really doesn't enjoy shopping. It's like a scavenger hunt, and finding the dress is the easy part; now you need shoes, jewelry, a purse (maybe), a decision on hair and nails and makeup... oh, and if you're going to coordinate with your date, it's going to be a (fun) challenge to send them a picture of the color of your dress without showing it off -- because that's part of it, right?

3. Dinner with your friends is so much fun.

Even if you go the NOCO route or decide to fly solo, hanging out with friends, getting ready and going to dinner together is actually my favorite part. Besides, what else would you be doing on this Saturday night?

4. The school spirit is great...

This is the one football game everybody actually comes to, and the dress up days are SO much fun! Homecoming week is definitely the most fun.

5. ...and also, the school gets decorated.

With detailed themed hallways everywhere, posters advertising on the walls and ticket sales at lunch, how could you not be excited to go? I think this week alone would convince me; with all of the spirit and hype everywhere, you know you'll get caught up in it.

6. Pictures are so much fun.

Going somewhere fun and looking beautiful with your friends, parents and/or your bae? These are pictures you will TOTALLY want for the future, even if it's just to look back and prove to your kids that, yes, you really DID go to homecoming freshman year with the guy who's now the CEO of McDonald's, and yes, it does still hurt you that you chose Rick over him.

7. The dance itself isn't, like... horrible.

If you get into the dance and actually try to enjoy yourself, it really actually can be fun.

8. Homecoming court is fun, even (especially) if you're not on it.

Somehow, your class always manages to nominate and pick the right people. Plus, it's cool to see you or your best friends winning - acknowledgement is always great.

9. People who actually come home are the real ones.

Isn't that why it's called homecoming? At least at my school, a fair number of people come home for the game, and it's great to be able to see them again and share wild stories.

10. Afterparties rock.

Do I even need to say anything? Even if you skip the dance, you know you're hitting up an afterparty.

Cover Image Credit: Brigham-Young University

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.


Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.


A girl who is sad to go

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When Was The Last Time You Were Alive?

If you can't post it for everyone to see, was it truly a remarkable moment?


Being alive is an essentially effortless act.

In theory, as long as you're eating food, drinking water, and performing as a human, assuming no major health conditions, most of us are living.

The tragedy I see most often is so very few of us are alive.

Now, I'm not suggesting you drop your textbooks and sprint up a mountain, or go broke trying to find yourself in new activities and events.

That's the illusion pressed onto so many of us. Social Media, more importantly, FOMO, has taught us that in order to truly be alive we need to make sure we travel far and wide, eat gourmet and unique food, and essentially, immerse ourselves in something phenomenal. However, regardless of what you do- don't do it without an audience and the value of your experience will only be justified by the number of likes you accrue on your #bestvacation ever because you #lovenature. With your back to the camera and wispy hair flowing in the beach air, you hit all of your angles, how else will you prove that you're alive to Instagram?

I fell for this too. I spent so much of my life constantly trying to get to the next phase life had to offer. High school was fun, but I was counting the days until graduation. Growing up in a small hometown wasn't awful, but I had sticky note calendars until my next vacation. And day in and day out, events would happen all around me that were just too "normal." I wasn't alive, but I was living.

Setting your soul on fire and truly living is so much more difficult than you could ever expect, but not because you have to drain savings and take along a buddy to snap all the perfect moments.

Choosing to be alive is realizing how important it is to be in this moment or phase in life and accepting it for all its worth. Instead of racing to the finish line or trying to sprint into your next season of assumed happiness, take time to notice all the beautiful and small things that make this moment so important. There is so much life to be found in simple moments.

Semesters are ending, we are all racing to summer. Perhaps in the process, take note of the routine cafeteria worker that constantly smiles at you and says hello. Or perhaps, giggle at the fact that in just a few short weeks that bus driver you see every single morning won't be apart of your morning routine.

The farther I get from what used to be my normal, the more I miss that season of life. I haven't lived in my hometown since I was eighteen, but I miss the simplicity that came with my drives to high school listening to Kanye West and the coziness of a small town opening its doors to start a new day. I never stopped to be alive in those moments, I was just simply living.

Wherever your next phase of life might be, it will always be there. You will always have something else coming. However, once this moment is gone. It's truly gone. Don't waste beautiful views trying to capture just the right picture for Instagram, take in the moment.

Living and experiencing life can be as simple as trusting that you're exactly where you need to be in life. Cherish each moment as you're in it. The next moment is coming whether you're ready or not.

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