Valentines Day Traditions Continue on Campus

Photo By: Ellen Doyle

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which brings about many mixed emotions for students around campus. As the day approaches, stores fill up with heart shaped candy and stuffed animals to give to those special individuals. Kids buy packs of valentines cards to hand out to their class-mates and friends in school. High School students write notes and buy candy for those they care for. But once an individual gets to college, it seems that Valentines Day becomes a day of ambiguity, trying to decide on whether or not to spend the day celebrating the love that’s in the air, or putting their head down and just barely making it through the day. February 14 is traditionally a day where couples celebrate their love for one another. It’s true that like any national holiday, people look forward to Valentine’s Day and what the day will hold, but it is also true that many people dread February 14. Senior communication arts major Collin Schmid is one of those people.“Valentines Day makes me feel so lonely,” said Schmid. “Seeing everyone have that special person, it makes you feel depressed. There is a lot of pressure on people who are single to fit in.” When asked to describe Valentines Day he said, “Overrated. There should be a day to celebrate singles.” Like Schmid, there are many people who find it hard to enjoy a day that celebrates romantic relationships while being single. However, there are others around campus who share different views on the day. “I think Valentine’s Day is a day to show someone you love them and give them a little extra love that sometimes we forget to show,” said Katie Brehm, junior community and public health major. For Brehm, the day means more than just celebrating the love found in a romantic relationship, but celebrating those people in your life, both friends and family, that you love. She shared one of the reasons she loves February 14. “My dad used to take me and mom out to dinner when I was younger for Valentines Day because he said he always wanted me to know how I should be treated,” said Brehm. Brehm has fond memories of celebrating a day of love with those closest to her. Ultimately she believes the day should be spent with the people you love, whoever that may be. The day can be celebrated in many different ways, from a simple text message, to extravagant dinner plans, to a singing valentine. For many students at Malone, the idea of a singing valentine was a completely new way to celebrate someone they love. A student can receive Malone’s very own “Singing Valentine” anytime from 9am to 6pm on Thursday, Feb. 14. “I was in my room, I was actually sick that day, so it was a really nice… I got a knock on my door and I opened the door in my pajamas,” said Amy Gellings, junior biology major. “It was a group of four people standing there. I don’t remember what song they sang but it was really cute and they handed me a flower with a little note on it. I didn’t really know what to do when it happened, I was just standing there smiling thinking, ‘oh this is so nice, thank you!’ It was really sweet, it made my day.” If you would like to send a “Singing Valentine” to someone on campus, visit malone.edu/valentines for more information.

LXIV Issue No. 12

Monday, February 11, 2018

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