Valentine’s Day: Not Everyone Is In Love

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Modern Valentine’s Day has become a heavily commercialized event, far from its origins as a religious holiday.

However, the traditional day of showing your love and appreciation to a significant other draws criticism from some current Ohio University students.

While for some Valentine's Day means chocolates, flowers and romantic dinners, not everyone has been struck with cupid's arrow.

“I think it’s a little overrated,” said sophomore Pat Moore. “It’s one day that’s kind of glorified to get your partner something when you could pick any single day to do it.”

For those without a special-someone, the holiday serves as an uncomfortable reminder of their relationship status.

“I’ve been single my entire life,” said senior Allison Mazzei. “It’s just a reminder of how socially unacceptable it is to be single at 22 years old.”

Giving flowers or sweets is a time-tested tradition on Valentine’s Day, but junior Meghan Foreman would rather see something original.

“I feel like it’s a little unoriginal to walk in with a dozen roses,” said Foreman. “You can’t get much more cliché than that.”

Students have come up with their own ways to combat the sentimentality that comes around every year.

“My freshman year, my roommates and I, we did a horror movie-marathon on Valentine’s Day,” said Foreman. “We just decided that we were going to take it a completely alternate route.”