(Left to right): undeclared freshman Joshua Zhang, junior linguistics major Tabatha Ernst, freshman psychology major Benjamin Oursler. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
(Left to right): undeclared freshman Joshua Zhang, junior linguistics major Tabatha Ernst, freshman psychology major Benjamin Oursler. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)

“I don’t know, I guess people are forced into it, so they themselves don’t really want to celebrate it. But their girlfriends want them to. And for the people that say Valentine’s Day should be everyday, it’s too expensive.”  – Joshua Zhang,  freshman, undeclared

“I look at it as an annual reminder to start my cat collection for when I die alone. It’s singles awareness day.” – Tabatha Ernst, junior linguistics major

“It’s just a hallmark holiday.” – Benjamin Oursler, freshman psychology major

Sarah Zuech, freshman, undecided. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Sarah Zuech, freshman, undeclared. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)

“I think like everything else, it’s become a commercial holiday. But if you escape all that, the idea that you’re taking a day to celebrate love and togetherness is a really nice notion. I haven’t spent a Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend yet, but I’m looking forward to it.” – Sarah Zuech, freshman, undeclared

Marissa Buccafusco, senior, economics and Italian double major (left) and Maria LaVerghetta, senior, history and Italian double major. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Marissa Buccafusco, senior, economics and Italian double major (left) and Maria LaVerghetta, senior, history and Italian double major. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)

“I’m pretty indifferent about it, honestly. I mean I’m single but I’m not cynical about it. I’m doing ‘Galentine’s Day’ this year with my friends, so we’re all probably going to drink wine and watch Rom-Coms. I think I was in Amsterdam last year, in the red light district, so that was an interesting Valentine’s Day experience.” – Marissa Buccafusco, senior, economics and Italian double major

“I’m not the kind of person to mope around, but I’m not going to despise people who actually have Valentine’s plans. I actually have a boyfriend this year, but I’ve had those times where I’ve been single with my friends. We were actually together in Rome last semester and my one friend and I, we went to this restaurant and it was just her and I out to dinner and everyone thought we were a couple. It was a very small town and they were a little bit less accepting of that, so they kept looking over at us, but we ate it up and just pretended we were a couple.” – Maria LaVerghetta, senior, history and Italian double major

Aileen Amador, sophomore, public health science, pre-med. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Aileen Amador, sophomore, public health science, pre-med. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)

“I think it’s cute, but I’ve been to anti-Valentine’s Day parties. I’ve had a wide range of experiences. I’ve never had a date on Valentine’s Day, but I think that Valentine’s Day should be everyday when you’re in a relationship. You should always get someone flowers and chocolates and make them feel super loved, it shouldn’t have to be a holiday. But for people who aren’t in relationships, I think it’s the perfect excuse to give someone a flower or tell them that you feel about them a certain way, especially on Valentine’s Day.” – Aileen Amador, sophomore, public health science, pre-med

Zack Rosen, sophomore, finance. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Zack Rosen, sophomore, finance. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)

“I kind of like it – I’m cheesy. I think it’s a good idea, but I think it’s kind of lost it’s purpose. Obviously it was originally intended for love and marriage and all that stuff, but I feel like now it’s not as sincere. But I like it because it brings people together, especially when people are having a rough patch. It’s a good time for them to get back together and be cheesy.” Zack Rosen, sophomore, finance

Zack Kelleher, junior, psychology. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)
Zack Kelleher, junior, psychology. (Julia Keane/Bloc Photographer)

“Valentine’s Day is just a capitalistic holiday that preys on the emotions and feelings of sensitive romantics. You shouldn’t need a reminder every year to tell your significant other that you love them, you should just be able to do that whenever you want. And when you’re alone it kind of excludes you. Like what are you supposed to do on Valentine’s Day, get drunk and watch Netflix by yourself?” – Zack Kelleher, junior, psychology

writersblocheadshots08Julia Keane is a sophomore environmental science and policy major and can be reached at julia@ckweb.com.

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