6 Reasons Why You Should Go to Your Homecoming Dance Freshman Year

We get it, not everyone's cut out for school dances (some of us included!).

Whether you're shy, anti-spirited or have way better things to do on a weekend than get dolled up and pray someone asks you to waltz with them in front of the whole school, there are a handful of reasons why your freshman year homecoming dance is actually worth attending.

Even if you never go to another school dance again in your life, keep reading for all the reasons why you should really give your homecoming dance a shot:

It'll Help You Figure Out If You Want to Attend Future Dances

Best to get it out of the way sooner than later, right? By attending your very first high school dance, you'll know how you feel about them moving forward. If you totally hate it, then you can write them off from here on out—but if you dig it, then think about how much you'd be missing out on if you kept putting them off. Worst case scenario: It sucks and you leave early.

Group of friends dancing at school dance; confetti falling

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It's the First Major Event of High School

Even if you go into high school with a big ol' eye roll, your first high school dance is pretty monumental. Think about how excited your parents will be, taking embarrassing photos and seeing you exit the house looking way more grown-up than the girl skipping out of the house with her book bag each morning! Going off of No. 1, if you hate the experience, leave early. But for better or worse, you'll always look back on this moment as your first real foray into high school.


You'll Have Photos to Compare to Four Years Down the Line

If there's no better reason to attend your first high school dance, then leave it at the plain and simple fact that you'll forever have (assumed) embarrassing photos to compare to years to come. A lot is going to happen between now and graduation, so just think about how hilarious it will be to look back on this very first high school dance photo to see how much you've changed since it was taken. Whether it's your braces, your style, your date or your group of friends, we promise this is one memento you don't want to pass up!

A group of high school students taking a group photo before their prom

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It's an Easy Way to Mingle With Other Fresh Faces

Depending on where you go to school, you may have a huge freshman class. In some cases, it may be impossible to know the names (or even faces) of all the other high school newbies. Use this as an opportunity to get to know some other people in your grade—or heck, to catch up with people you already know, who don't share any classes with you. And hello, what about all the other older kids who you've never seen, period? It's a lot harder to make small talk elbowing your rushed way through campus than it is to do it at the punch table.


You Have a Chance to Dress Up and Make a Good First Impression on Unfamiliar Faces

Sure, you may be the shy girl in baggy jeans and a T-shirt by day—but by night, you can use this school dance as an excuse to step out of your comfort zone by slipping on a dress and swiping on some makeup. You never know whose eye you'll catch that you may not have otherwise. Allow yourself to feel confident and let loose with your peers in a way that you wouldn't be able to in the classroom. Other students will admire your coming out for the dance. The students who "go to dances" are kind of in a little community of their own, anyway.

Elle smiling at Lee at prom in The Kissing Booth

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Everyone's Still in a Fresh and Happy Mood About the New School Year

We'll be honest: By the time even Winter Formal rolls around, cliques are formed and people are coupled-up romantically—but at Homecoming, everything is still fresh and fun. Academic pressures haven't fully kicked in just yet, and students are still getting accustomed to new classes and classmates. It's the perfect time to mingle with the cute transfer student or the nice girl who hasn't seemed to find her place. Overall, people are just way friendlier during this dance.


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