Miranda Campbell

Let’s be real here: Homecoming is not everyone’s cup of tea. Perhaps it’s the music, which consists of popular songs on the radio strung together with dubstep beats. Perhaps it’s the dancing, which seems to be some sort of mosh pit in the center of the dance floor. Or maybe it’s the lack of room in the tiny cafeteria. Anyone who has ventured on to the dance floor has experienced the suffocating heat of all the bodies crammed in one place.

Needless to say, I did not attend Homecoming. Instead, I attended Austin City Limits music festival. Even if you don’t have ACL tickets, there are plenty of activities to do instead of the Homecoming dance. NOCO, which stands for No Homecoming, was a popular hashtag this past weekend, where many people celebrated in different ways.

My personal favorite was going to dinner and skipping the dance. You save a bit of money, but are still able to dress up and enjoy a nice meal with your friends. Some cute and affordable dinner ideas were Buca di Beppo, ZTejas and P.F. Changs.

Another popular activity was movie parties. Those looking for a girl’s only night watched some the following crowd favorites: She’s the Man, 500 Days of Summer, The Notebook and even Mean Girls. Following the theme of the dance. some watched 80’s movies to give a blast from the past. It seems that Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are the most common 80s movies.

My favorite NOCO activity had to be going downtown. Whether you caught a drive in move at the Blue Starlite drive-in theatre or took a sip of a delicious iced mojo at EPOCH coffee, you were certain to have a great time in our beautiful city.

With all the alternatives, I foresee a day when NOCO is more popular than HOCO.