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Divided Over a Day For Love

February 9, 2016

February 14, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Various reds and pinks can be seen while heart-shaped chocolates are ubiquitous when walking around a grocery store. Valentine’s Day is a day to spread the love, but as the holiday is increasingly commercialized, there are many different perspectives regarding this day.

“I honestly think that if you really love someone, you shouldn’t need to have a separate day to express it. If you do in fact love this person, you’d be showing it all the time,” freshman Anjali Nooka said.

However, Nooka isn’t the only student at school who feels this way. There are other students who feel that Valentine’s Day has become too commercialized.

“The worst part of Valentine’s day is going into stores and seeing all of the stuff for it. I think all of the gifts and chocolate is just a way to make money off of people since it’s just cliche and not sentimental,” senior Madeline Elder said.

However, there aren’t only negative views on this day. There are students who appreciate this holiday. Although many students find Valentine’s Day a bit too commercialized, junior Karsten Oglesby has another idea about this holiday.

“I think that Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to spend time with someone you care about and let them know how much they mean to you. I think it’s a great day, even if you aren’t in a relationship. People still go out of their way to tell you that they appreciate you. Valentine’s Day is a day made for love, not just a significant other,” Oglesby said.

However, despite the differing opinions, all the students agree that Valentine’s Day is a day to express one’s love. It is a day to express our gratitude for one another.

“Love to me is when you can hold someone’s hand and not get butterflies in your stomach, but instead, you feel safe or at home,” Nooka said.

There are many different types of love and Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show appreciation for our various relationships.

“To me, love is something that everyone feels everyday, but no one wants to say it. Everyone tries to over complicate love, when the only way you know it, is when you feel it. I love my friends and family. Valentine’s Day is a time where I’m able to express that to them, and let them know how much they mean to me,” Oglesby said.

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