Friday is Valentine’s Day, and University of La Verne students have a variety of ideas and expectations for the romantic holiday.
“I think a real Valentine’s Day is people that love each other spending time together,” said Zainab Rizv, freshman legal studies major. “I’ve experienced a real Valentine’s Day with my best friends.”
“Gifts do not always have to be elaborate or expensive,” added freshman psychology major Maria Reyno.
“They can be small and still be meaningful,” she said.
Despite the somewhat commonly held idea here and elsewhere that Valentine’s day is a consumer or “Hallmark” holiday, Valentine’s Day is rooted in Christianity, as a day to honor Saint Valentine, a Christian martyr, who died in the year 269.
Valentine’s Day was first associated with romantic love in the 14th century, and by the 18th century, it grew in England and throughout Europe into a holiday for couples.
For La Verne students, it’s a day to make sure you reach out and let people you love know you’re thinking of them, said freshman computer science major Vicky Baquerizo.
“It’s very important to keep in mind that there are other people in your life that you love and you should use Valentine’s Day to show them you love them,” Baquerizo said.
And if you do have a significant other, being in their presence is all that matters.
Some students said they plan to go home to be with friends and family for the holiday. Others will stay at school with their roommates.
For those who are alone or lonely on this holiday, experts suggest doing things that reinforce love in their lives.
Making a list of people who have loved you, writing yourself a letter of gratitude, or writing positive affirmations can help counter feelings of loneliness and longing on Valentine’s day, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Lilliana Perez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.