Story by Mannan Mehta '18
Homecoming—without a doubt the most hype weekend of the school year. Packed with sports action, and followed by a dance with a (hopefully) good DJ, you do not want to miss out on this party. This year, the homecoming BEEF schedule entails a pep-rally on Thursday during office hours, Soccer vs. Landon on Friday at 4:30, and Football vs. Georgetown Prep on Saturday at 1:30. Below are just a few tips and tricks you should know for maximum enjoyment:
Game Tips: As you all know, the BEEF club is STA’s student section for all games and competitions. This weekend is prime BEEF airtime, and as Big Eaters normally do, we will be Enjoying Festivities. A few tips: Get loud. It is much appreciated by our fellow dogs on the field when we show out and make noise. If you are normally a quiet person, this is your weekend to let the inner lion out. As the great, humble, wise, smart and loyal DJ Khaled once said, “Lionnnnnn!” (I don’t really know what that means, but I figured it would be a good addition here in my survival guide).
Be careful when jumping up and down on the bleachers. It is easy to lose balance and fall off your stand, so proceed with caution while doing so. Get to the games early to get yourself a good spectating spot. Also, if you leave your seat expect it to be taken if you return. All things seating aside, let’s get belligerent. Do your research. Chirps will be on a first name and number basis. It always rattles the weak ones.
Dance Tips: This year is slightly different than years past. For more information on that topic, read Mabry Griffin’s article here. Besides this, it’s business as usual. A few tips: The dance is a sweaty mess, where blazers will be taken if not properly labeled, and feet will be stepped on. Proceed with caution while in the mosh pit. Whatever you do, do not fall. If such a thing were to happen, get yourself off the floor ASAP or you will be stepped on. Believe me, I have witnessed it happen. Despite what I said about blazers, it is best to take them off, or it will be soaked by the end of the night. Just remember where you put them, or you will be making a lunch announcement on Monday.
Also, watch for small freshmen who get lifted up into crowd surfing. It always seems like a good idea, until someone isn’t paying attention, and they fall (also witnessed this one). Use the dance as a time as a period to catch up with friends, meet new people, and generally show off your moves and have fun. And despite what I said about mosh pits, they don’t take up the entire floor, so if you are not into that type of thing, don’t hesitate to stay outside the action.
Real Talk: Homecoming is a time for us to come together and have fun as an upper school. As someone once said (and I reworded), “Friday nights and Saturdays are for the boys, Sundays are for the fam and the homework.” Let's do this for the boys (and girls) and make it a lit homecoming by supporting our dogs on the field, and then switching it up, taking a shower, and once again getting hype to some good music (hopefully) and company.
Lastly, just remember this is a school event, so what you do will reflect on you, and may have consequences. Be responsible with the choices you make, because if you do not already know, you will be shaking a few important hands before walking into the refectory. Otherwise, let’s have fun, and make this the best homecoming yet.