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Students on Valentine’s Day at the iSchool

J-Lynn Torres, Reporter

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Valentine’s Day! The day for giving and receiving love. And what better way to express affection towards someone then through one dollar bags of assorted candy?

At the iSchool, students can purchase candy grams from iCare members. On Valentine’s Day, these candy grams are delivered to a person of their choosing, whether it be their sweetheart, crush, or friend.

I surveyed iSchool students anonymously on who they were sending candy grams to. 33.3% percent of the students surveyed sent candy grams to their friends. 22.2%, sent candy grams to their crushes, another 22.2% to the person they’re dating, and another 22.2% sent candy grams to someone whose relationship status with them is “complicated.”

I also asked students why they were sending candygrams, and what they were hoping the response will be. Some of their answers were the sweetest!

“I live a very single life, so normally every Valentine’s Day I either buy or bake something for my friends and give out to people in the school, so that I can be a universal valentine : D I hope people really enjoy it.”

“She’s my best friend and I just want to see how happy she is when she gets one (her reactions are always the best)”

“I’m sending it because they are my friends and I know they will appreciate free candy. I guess I want their response to be happiness.”

Most students sent candy grams to their friends. Who says Valentine’s Day can’t be about platonic love? But other students were a little more bold:

“Just trying to make their day. I’m not naive enough to think that a one dollar collection of candy will score me a kiss or anything. It’s just an innocent little kindness you can do for someone.”

This person sent a candy gram to their crush. I hope it goes well! Other students sent candy grams to a person they’re already with:

“We’ve been together for a while and I just want to give her something nice to say Happy Valentine’s because she’s my babygirl  🙂 I guess I’m just hoping she’ll like it.”

That’s really cute. In my poll, I also asked students how they were spending the rest of their Valentine’s Day, and this person said they were buying their girlfriend dinner. I hope they have a lovely time!

Unfortunately, many other iSchoolers don’t have much planned for Valentine’s Day:

“Well, it’s a wednesday, so I’ll go home after school I suppose.”

It’s actually a Thursday, as this student has likely realized by now.

“Go home and cry about being single.”

Aw. I hope this person gets some chocolates.

I also asked people how they felt about Valentine’s Day as a whole. Some students expressed less savory opinions:

“It’s really stupid,” one student answered, “if you love someone, then everyday should be Valentine’s Day. It’s not just one day that you can or need to show your love and care for others, it’s just an American tradition to get companies to profit.”

I agree! Love should be spread year-round. Still, I hope this person has a great Valentine’s Day, even if it’s the same as any other day for them.

“I think it’s cute if you have a boo, but if you don’t then it’s dumb and pointless and terrible.”

Ouch.

“It’s overrated and stupid. I feel like I can’t break up with my girlfriend till after…”

…Double ouch?

Evidently, some iSchoolers are bummed about being single (or about being stuck with someone in the case of that last person?) on Valentine’s Day. It’s an understandable way to feel, especially when it seems like everyone is spending their Valentine’s Day with someone they love. And high schoolers do get a lot of pressure to be in a relationship, and might feel hurt if they’re not.

But remember, you have all the time in the world to date. As for now, try to focus on the love already in your life, whether it be for your friends, family, or passions. And when you do find that special someone, it’ll be that much sweeter.

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