The ideal way for me to spend my Valentine’s Day would be an entire day spent with my significant other. What would we do on that day?  I’m a man of simple tastes, a day spent indoors playing video games and watching Netflix would be enough. Though I wouldn’t mind going out for some Chinese food as a way to top off the day.  I do enjoy getting those I love gifts though, so I am sure I would surprise anyone I am spending Valentine’s Day with something thoughtful and romantic. Receiving a gift would be nice as well, but that’s optional for me. I just like going the extra mile to make my romantic partner’s day special.  The most important thing for a good Valentine’s Day is just spending the time together. While some activities would be nice, just doing things with one another is romantic enough in my book.

-Jeffrey Braden-

Valentine’s Day is an expensive holiday. Many people spend money on chocolates, candy, flowers, etc. on his or her significant other. While many people do indeed make a large deal over the holiday itself, I enjoy spending it with my dearest friends.  My ideal Valentine’s Day is nothing special. It consists of starting the night off at B Spot with my friends. I treat myself to a wonderful, gourmet burger, topped with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, and finished off with a chocolate milkshake. Afterwards, we venture home to finish our night and watch the movie, 13 Going on 30, and eat a ton of chocolate, only if our stomachs can handle it.  Valentine’s Day does not have to be celebrated in the comfort of being in a relationship, but rather with the people who love and care for you the most.

-Ashley  Meecha-

My ideal Valentine’s day includes a day of relaxing. A day where I am free of social media where I am constantly viewing the seemingly perfect relationships of others. I want to spend a day not wondering when my day will come for a relationship that isn’t nearly as its held up to be. That will come in time I am sure. Instead, I would like to spend the day by myself, a good book, and the great outdoors. I would go on a long hike through the tranquil forest, sit beside a gushing river and read. Let my toes dip into the river and sing at the top of my lungs. This is the type of day that would truly make me happy. A day where instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I can focus on the beautiful life that I already have.

-Emma Roth-

My perfect Valentine’s Day would be a night alone in the comfort of my warm house.  Scattered across my kitchen table would be all of my favorite comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, pizza, chicken wings, and most importantly, a hot pot of coffee.  I would be laying down on my couch, wearing sweatpants and a loose T-shirt, watching Grey’s Anatomy.  My phone would be turned off and stashed away in my bedroom.  No one would bother my perfect night.  I am not interested in the idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner and movie like most others are.  I’m a strong, independent woman who does not need a man to satisfy me.  All  I need is great food and a great show to watch.

-Marie Tobin-

Traditionally, Valentine’s Day calls for tons of romance and a lot of chocolate! People all around the U.S. are preparing beautiful bouquets or deciding what kind of candy or sweets to get for their significant other. It truly is a holiday made for lovers, but what about those people that are single? I just so happen to be a bachelor myself and with nobody to give gifts or spend time with. I’m faced with a bit of dilemma; what the hell am I gonna do? To be completely honest I’m not much of a fan of the holiday even if I’m with someone.

I just think the concept is a bit overplayed. Am I supposed to try and find a Valentine for the day? I’d rather not spend money on someone that’s not significant to me. Am I supposed to hit up an old fling? I’ll pass on that headache.

Overall I think Valentine’s Day has little to no significance and is just a reason to frivolously spend money. So, here I am still debating on what my plans are for this waste of a holiday. Well, just like every other day of the week, month, and year I’m gonna do what I love to do most: kick it with the homies. Why stress over getting some girl the right chocolates or where I’m gonna take her to dinner when I could face one with my friends. Eliminates having to spend money and it’s a guaranteed good time. What’s not to like about whooping my buddy in some 2k, and listening to some music. I don’t know about you, but that is the ideal Valentines Day.

-Jacob Sheriff-