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Valentines Day is sweet for some, tart for others

Students find a variety of ways to celebrate Valentines Day

Alyssa Pak

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Whether they have a “significant other” or not, there are a number of ways that students choose to take part in Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is sometimes referred to as an uneventful Hallmark holiday, whereas in middle school, excited kids would jump at the chance to pass out corny Valentines and candy. Even now, some students find ways to celebrate.

For junior Juliette Lewis, a part of her Valentine’s Day came in the form of shoes. “My boyfriend gave me my gift early, so that was exciting,” she said, wearing a new pair of Adidas Superstars.

For some students with boyfriends or girlfriends outside of school, Valentine’s Day can be hard to celebrate, especially since it falls on a school day. “I like Valentine’s Day, but I don’t really do much for it since my boyfriend lives in a different district,” said junior Rachel Mehlman.

Another conflict that can get in the way of students doing something for the day is the fact that it is on a Tuesday.

Between homework and extracurriculars, it can be hard to find the time to celebrate. “I have a boyfriend, but I’m not celebrating Valentine’s Day, mostly because it falls on a school day this year,” said sophomore Katrina Abuls.

Even for students without a boyfriend or girlfriend, there are plenty of ways to have a good Valentine’s Day.  “I will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year because I think it’s one of the best holidays, even though I’ll be celebrating it alone at my house,” said senior Peter Schmisek.

Students use the day more for celebrating love between friends, not necessarily for significant others.

Sophomore Emma Citow said,  “I’ll probably be celebrating it by going out with my friends.”

Sophomore Faith Stineman said that she’ll also be celebrating with her friends and family. “You don’t need to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones you love. Valentine’s Day is a fun and happy day for everyone.”

Other students, like junior Mari Lariviere, are choosing to put the day to good use and are celebrating by giving back.

“The only way I’m celebrating the holiday is by working with my mom to compile a list of places to donate to, just for fun, because instead of spending money on Valentine’s, we can donate,” Lariviere said..

Many students struggle to find the necessity in spending their money over a holiday that lacks personal significance. “I think that it’s an unnecessary holiday that is now only celebrated so that boyfriends will get their girlfriends gifts and so that couples can do something special,” said sophomore Rachel Hsu.

Although some students choose not to celebrate because they don’t see a point, a majority of students still celebrate by spending time with their friends and family, regardless of whether or not they have a boyfriend or girlfriend, bringing new meaning to a traditional holiday.

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Valentines Day is sweet for some, tart for others