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by Kelly Collins | Staff Writer

Why have HocoPosals and PromPosals become such a big deal? Homecoming comes around once a year, and every grade is allowed to go.

Homecoming is the biggest dance of the year for freshman and sophomores, and getting dressed up with friends is normal. Having a date is such a big part of the dance for many people, and the way people are asked has become bigger and more important. A senior at La Cueva, Chloe Ponsardin said, “People are afraid to be alone.”

Perhaps society plays a role. We all want the Instagram worthy moment that comes with all the likes. “I would say because society is trying to make all things where a guy asks a girl to do something is a huge deal, as in married,” said Madison Gutierrez, junior at La Cueva. “People ask people to homecoming the way someone should propose, and now weddings aren’t as special. I think it’s society making girl-boy events a big deal.”

Does an elaborate dance proposal change how you feel about marriage? Take the poll at the end of this article.

Does reality live up to the hype? Cheyenne Trujillo, freshman, said, “People who proposed were there together and it was adorable.” But many students, especially freshmen, prefer to go to the dance with friends. Trujillo said, “I just asked a guy if he wanted to go with me, and we just hung out.”

HocoProposals aren’t bound to one specific gender, and seem to be over the top for a dance everyone can attend. Most couples end up migrating into groups with their friends throughout the dance anyway, and the magic of the proposal is lost. So what really is the point of HocoProposals? Maybe we will never know.

But next year, save your money for a nicer dinner.


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