Although it’s known for bouquets of roses, heart-toting teddy bears and other affectionate exchanges, Valentine’s Day doesn’t always live up to its expectations.
Students like Jared Paul, a sophomore entrepreneurship major, dislikes that Valentine’s Day is only for women.
“My girlfriends never do anything for me. It’s a girl’s day. I’d take them to dinner, gifts, and maybe I’d get a card if I was lucky. My personal experience has just always been give, give, give. And I’m not getting anything this year.”
Others argue that Valentine’s Day is more about business than love.
Vincent Jong Yien Fa, a freshman international business major, boasts proudly that he does not believe in Valentine’s Day. He says Valentine’s Day is all about business, an opportunity for companies to make more money.
“I still support it,” Vincent says “I just don’t buy flowers or cards because everyday is Valentine’s Day for me. Although if I did have a girlfriend, I would give her flowers and such.”
Not surpisingly, one young woman said she enjoyed the attention.
“I love it. It’s a day that’s all about romance. It’s perfect for girls,” said Angelica Herrera, a junior International Business major.
Many men on campus, however, find the day to be meaningless. Some are even boycotting the day all together.
“It’s a Hallmark holiday,” said Kyle Madden, a junior marketing major. “I’m not celebrating this year”
Whether they agree with the holiday or not, some men see it as a day of investment.
“I think it’s a stupid holiday, but I know every dollar I spend is going to pay off when the night comes to a close,” concluded Matt Simmons, a junior management major.
While some make a big deal out of the holiday, others tend to keep it low key. Freshman Jaryd Coleman does not get into the holiday like some people.
“It’s just another day, and it is normally in the middle of the week,” said Coleman, a management major.
Although he does not have a special person in mind, he does receive a gift from his mom.
“She normally gives me candy or boxers or something,” Coleman said.
Others agree that Valentine’s isn’t just once a year.
“Every day is Valentine’s day!” Vincent Jong Yien Fa declares with a broad smile. “I am nice to everyone around me. I give love and respect to everyone, just like any other day. It should not be once a day to help spread the love.”
Christina Marino agrees, to a certain extent.
“Every day of the year you show how much you love someone, but on Valentine’s Day you go that extra mile,” said the sophomore communications major.
For some students, college can mean being away from their Valentines on the special day. Many of them dread the day, thinking it will be a disappointment.
Ashley Donohue, a sophomore in nursing, remembers the first time she was away from her boyfriend. She woke up thinking it would be a terrible Valentine’s Day, but when she arrived at her mailbox, she had a surprise package waiting for her.
Her mom had put together a care package with all of her favorite candies and foods inside. She later found that her boyfriend had sent her a bouquet of flowers with a cute little teddy bear. He also surprised her with a plane ticket home to visit him the following weekend.
“I went to sleep with a big smile. I realized that although it is hard being away from the ones you love, there are always ways to show how much you care,” said Donohue.