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School functions? “Nah, X-Files”

“Being around a bunch of people makes the dances less enticing to me and I feel like it’s just so awkward. I’d just rather be home,”

When you walk into a school function or activity, it’s always packed. It can feel like everyone–the entirety of the school–is there. Still, there is that group of people who don’t join in on such activities. Why do some people go while others don’t? 

“Being around a bunch of people makes the dances less enticing to me and I feel like it’s just so awkward. I’d just rather be home,” sophomore Sequoia Nejedly said. The only school function she has attended was last year’s homecoming dance, which she claims she did not enjoy.

According to her, the cost of the dances seems insanely pricey as well, especially because there isn’t much to do except listen to music put on by the DJ, socialize, and dance (which isn’t really her “thing”).

The cost of going to events like dances or sports games has a reason for being so expensive: Money raised from ticket sales allows ASB to put on events like freshman orientation, spirit week festivities, dances, and other functions. 

“I feel like [school functions] are a good way for other people to connect, but it’s just not my way of connecting to people or something I’d want to do,” Nejedly explained.

 Besides feeling like there isn’t much to do, people have other reasons for not attending.

“I think that some people don’t go to them because they might be busy, or they’re not really school spirited and they don’t care much for school activities, or they’re just lame,” freshman Dalia Kalson said. 

Sometimes kids aren’t busy, but would rather just be at home having me time.

“Honestly, I’d just rather be at home listening to some music while I make snacks and watch X-Files in my room,” Nejedly said. 

Overall, the students are divided between the ones who’d prefer to stay at home and those who love to go out and get in on the action.

“I do encourage other people to go to school functions,” Kalson said, “because they’re normally really fun and you can feel like you’re part of the school.”

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