- Category: Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)
- Published: 11 February 2015
- Written by ALLY AFANADORI | CONTRIBUTING WRITER
When you feel like all you have to look forward to is 75 percent off chocolate the day after Valentine’s Day, it helps to remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t really all it is hyped up to be.
Everyone has had their fair share of Valentine’s Day blues, whether it’s because you just happen to be single on this "Hallmark holiday" or maybe you might have lost someone special, the real meaning of Valentine’s Day isn’t to make all the single ladies and gentlemen feel bad. In fact, many people that are in a relationship on Valentine’s Day don’t even celebrate it, and if they do, it isn’t much.
Julia Riordan-Goncalves, an assistant Spanish professor, said, "I think [Valentine’s Day] is a really nice holiday, it’s just that it could be bad timing sometimes…"
She went on to say that she and her significant other don’t really celebrate this holiday very much at all, a much different type of celebration than what she used to do when she was younger. Riordan-Goncalves explained that when she was younger she used to exchange gifts with her partner if she was in a relationship. And even if she was single at the time, she’d hang out with her friends. She also understands how it could be looked at negatively considering it is a lot of hype for something that isn’t all that fabulous.
When people hear the words "Valentine’s Day," they either go heart-eyed or start dry heaving at the thought.
Casey Chrobak, a sophomore health and physical education major said, "I’d rather spend Valentine’s Day relaxing and cuddling up with the one I love rather than obsessing over fancy stuff. It’s about the little things to me."
It’s evident to ones that are in love or in a relationship that Valentine’s Day is essentially just another day in the week to spend time with their loved one. Chrobak’s advice to all the "love sick" people is, "…just hang out with your other single friends and just have a movie marathon with A LOT of snacks." Clearly she understands what a lot of people are going through this time of the year.
If you are currently in a relationship, it is crucial to make sure you remember that Valentine’s Day is NOT about the fancy stuff. This means no fancy chocolate or jewelry or anything out of your price range. You shouldn’t have to worry about your budget or how much money you’ll be spending on someone this month. The one thing that you should be worrying about is how much time you’re planning to spend with your loved one. But a little chocolate never really hurt anyone.
When asked what his plans for Valentine’s Day were, David Morales, a freshman business major, said, "I like to eat all the chocolate I can."
His advice to people with the love sick blues, or the people who can’t be with their significant others during the holiday is, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Think about how great it will be when you see that person again."
To all my single ladies and gentlemen, don’t think twice about eating that extra chocolate you’ve been dying to get your hands on. Go a little crazy and order some take out or a whole pizza just for yourself if you’re feeling a little wild that night.
There’s no reason why Valentine’s Day can’t be celebrated by the singles. If you feel like it, celebrate Valentine’s Day however you’d like, with someone you love or by even hanging out with your friends. Maybe even by spend the day with some family if you can. It’s all about spending it with people you love, not just a boyfriend or girlfriend.
But, if you don’t feel like spending time with any people, don’t forget that you could always spend some quality time with an oversized hoodie, your comfy sweats, popcorn, pizza, and something that will never leave your side: Netflix.
With Netflix, you can customize the perfect date. You can pick a romantic comedy or a terrifying thriller for the two of you. You can even start a televison series together. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day then completing a whole season? If you’re already planning on doing this, don’t forget to tell people that you’ve got a hot date. They don’t have to know it’s with an online movie website.
So all you singles out there, don’t fret. Valentine’s Day is just one day to get through, and there’s plenty of ways to spend your time. Keep in mind that your best friends Mr. Whittman, Lovely Godiva, Señor Hershey and the other 75 percent off chocolate boyfriends or girlfriends await you on February 15.
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