Homecoming: do’s and don’ts

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For freshman and transfer students who are unfamiliar with homecoming: eagle style, allow me to give you the do’s and don’ts for a successful homecoming experience.

Homecoming, to some, may just be a game that alumni attend, but for us it’s one full week dedicated to celebrating our eagle pride. It’s a week full of entertainment and festivities for current students and alumni, lasting from Oct. 9 to 15.

First of all, make sure that you have completed most of your assignments ahead of time. The sooner you get finished with the work that’s already been posted to Blackboard, the more time you’ll have for the “lituations.”

Opinion by Diamond Gwynn Mass Communication Senior
Opinion by Diamond Gwynn
Mass Communication Senior

With that being said, make sure you attend all of your classes because, hey, that’s what we’re here for. Don’t let anything or anyone knock your focus.

Also, if you plan on attending the events like the concert, step show, and/or the choir ball, purchase tickets in advance. If you want to attend all events, I’d recommend purchasing the package deal.

And for the don’ts, I must start with this one: please, please, pleaseeee do not drink and drive. Be smart. It’s never worth it. Either get a responsible friend, be the responsible friend, or utilize Uber!

Since we’re talking about alcohol and most of you live on campus, I must stress this: do not drink in your dorms. No need for an explanation there. You may think you can get away with it but there’s always that one friend that has to put everything on Snapchat. Next thing you know, you and all your roommates are being evicted from New Res or wherever you reside on campus. Trust me. I’ve seen it before.

Eat a good meal before going out to turn up, and most importantly, know your alcohol consumption limit. Try to refrain from being that messy undergrad who can’t handle their alcohol. Your friends don’t want to babysit you all night.

Moving on: utilize the buddy system. Have trusted friends around you. Try to refrain from going places alone, especially at night.

As far as the club goes, either pay for a ticket in advance or be on a promo team. Otherwise, you’ll be standing in line for hours. If the club isn’t your scene and you’re more of the “house-party” type, choose wisely. Only attend the party if you know the host.

If an altercation breaks out, avoid it. Evacuate the party. Don’t hang around to see who’s fighting who. It’s not worth risking your safety.

I know that “jungle juice” is a popular house party thing, but refrain from accepting drinks from strangers.

Also, remember to always be aware of your surroundings.

Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN! Once these years are gone, you can’t get them back. So make them memorable.

Diamond Gwynn is a senior studying journalism and opinions editor for the Echo. After graduation, she plans to become a publicist in the entertainment industry.

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