The other day, I saw this guy who I knew from speech and debate, but he seemed like he was ignoring me. I thought, oh well, we're not really great friends or anything. But I eventually said hi to him. He looked at me oddly and asked:
"What is your name?"
"DUDE I TOTALLY DIDN'T RECOGNIZE YOU NOT WEARING A SUIT!!!"
Then he hugged me. I felt better.
With rare exception, I'm not the kind of person who changes out of her suit much at tournaments, so I guess it makes sense that someone wouldn't recognize me. My friends from my club may not recognize me when I am in a suit because they're used to my Disney shirts and Converse that come up to my knees, but that's a different problem. Actually, I don't think it's a problem.
Anyway, it can be fun to put on normal clothes at competitions. Pretty much the only time I did this was when I had three speeches at NITOC and they were all in Pattern A... that was exciting. I barely wore my suit at that tournament, because I wasn't competing for a lot of the time. The one thing I always do is change my shoes or socks, because tournament shoes can hurt, man.
You're homeschooled, and you look funny in normal clothes.