Celebrating Valentine’s Day in College

Valentine’s Day — more like a reason to buy your significant other or the person you are interested in chocolates or flowers.

Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday that emulates Thanksgiving in the sense that one day out of the year, it is a must that you buy flowers, stuffed animals or jewelry for that special someone.

Being in a relationship in college is hard enough, let alone being in a relationship in college on Valentine’s Day.

Do you do cliché things like buying them flowers or coffee at Starbucks? Or do you take your significant other off campus for dinner? All of these questions have limited answers, seemingly because Valentine’s Day is such a high-stress holiday that makes anything possible.

Having limited options can be a good thing or a very bad thing, especially if your significant other is picky.

Considering that Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, it is even more difficult to find something fun to do that doesn’t involve being outside in the cold or out late on a school night.

You could go see a movie, stay on campus and visit Century Café at Old Main for lunch or buy your valentine flowers from Walmart, flower stores in town or hope organizations in the Ceddia Union Building are selling them again this year.

While these options are decent and applicable, I believe that Valentine’s Day should not be the only day you buy your significant other flowers or take them to dinner.

This day is so commercialized it almost screams capitalism. Valentine’s Day should be about showing love unconditionally, not only when you get a gift.

It should be a day you do something kind for a stranger, your parents or someone you work with.

Tell a professor that you appreciate him or her, or tell someone making your food in the dining hall that he or she is doing an excellent job.

Valentine’s Day should be a day of general appreciation, which honestly, would take all the stress away of being a broke college kid trying to do something nice for their significant other, simply because you have to do it. 

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