Without a Date


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Megan Monson, Staff Writer

The day of the dance rolls around and you find yourself without a date. The minutes tick by so slowly it’s painful. The question is blaring in your mind, “What should I do now?” Your friends may all be at the dance, out of town or otherwise. You still have nothing to do, five thirty, six, six-thirty, seven… what to do? What to do?

Many students face this troubling problem as often as once a month. With no other alternative that the school sponsors, there seems to be few options for the students who are not going. You may not be old enough, allowed to date, or may not have wanted to go at all, but the issue is you are without a date. What should you do?

  • Chick Flicks and Chick-fil-a! Not only is it a play on words, it’s a fun and cheap night. A cheesy chick flick of your choice, and your favorite food, it doesn’t even need to be Chick-fil-a. A Walk to Remember, While You Were Sleeping, The Proposal, She’s the Man, You Again, and Mean Girls are favorites that almost anyone would love.
  • “I would have a banana eating competition with myself,” said Justin Chamberlain, a sophomore. While this may not be the best way to go if you don’t need potassium or if you don’t like bananas, it is still entertaining. You could use any kind of food you want, and even invite your friends who don’t have dates to join you.
  • “I would probably hang out with my friends or watch a movie with my family,” Amy Rios, a sophomore states. Make or buy your favorite dessert and play a game with friends or family.

Rebecca Robertson, sophomore, agrees, “I hang out with friends who don’t have dates either.” It may be true that most of your friends have dates, but this is not always true for all of them, and you can almost always find another friend in a similar situation.

  • Ask someone else out who goes to a different school. If the other schools’ dances aren’t on the same night it works out to be a win-win situation. You can both have a great time and spend less money.
  • “I am going to see the middle school play,” Chase Barfuss, a junior, said. There is usually another event of some kind going on the same night. Hale Center Theater runs plays year round, while dances that are not sponsored by the school happen once or twice a month.
  • “Have a sleepover and watch Chick Flicks,” said Jessie Stevenett and Ashlee Hoyt, (seniors) building off of each other. Meanwhile Justin Olsen and Alex Waller (seniors) simultaneously said, “Bros night out!”
  • A night on the Town. Go see a movie, go shopping, or anything that you want to do. Alone or otherwise, this is always a fun sort of entertainment.
  • Have a “no-date” party with a group of friends who weren’t able to go. A good movie, popcorn, and games, it can’t get better than that.

Most of the ideas have something to do with friends, contrary to your first thoughts, you can almost always find friends who aren’t going to the dance. Believe it or not a lot of other people don’t have dates either! Have a party of your own and you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to!

…Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date… with my cheesecake!