Valentine’s Day: Lovers, loners, and the lost

Shannon HoytMany people agree that February 14 is a day to appreciate the ones we love. To some, however, it’s just another day. The UW-Stout campus is thriving with committed couples, singles ready to mingle, and the dazed and confused. Simply put, it’s complicated.

I interviewed a few of my friends who represent the categories “in a relationship,” “single,” and “it’s complicated” to find out what Valentine’s Day means to them.

Question: Has Valentine’s Day lost meaning?

Boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other, babe, sweetheart, boo bear, it doesn’t matter what you call each other. What matters is that the connection between you is recognized and reflected upon.

In a Relationship

Not every couple can agree on one Valentine’s Day definition, especially when it comes to my two friends, Nathan and Chelsea, who have been dating for seven months.

Nathan and Chelsea, in a relationship

“It’s just another holiday,” said Nathan. “It’s more commercialized.”

Chelsea thought otherwise.

“I don’t think it has [become more commercialized]. Valentine’s Day is just appreciating the people you love,” said Chelsea.


“Just another day that I can cry because I’m single,” said Randi, my solo-flying sister. “I can’t wait to eat a whole bucket of ice cream.”

Randi, single

A whole bucket of ice cream doesn’t seem half bad. In fact, joining Randi in her plans to avoid the heartfelt romanticism brought on by Valentine’s Day are dozens of other UW-Stout students.

Although Valentine’s Day can be viewed as a couple’s holiday, students avoiding relationships can still enjoy and appreciate its intended purpose.

“It’s a day that you drop everything, and show how much you love somebody,” said Randi. “And it doesn’t have to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, it could be your parents, or your sister, or yourself.”

“You can love yourself on Valentine’s Day.”

It’s Complicated

Teddy, complicated

Although his Facebook status is indefinitely set to “It’s Complicated,” Teddy’s opinion of Valentine’s Day is pretty basic.

Believing that Valentine’s Day is “extremely overrated.” Teddy rated the day a two on a scale of one to five. He believes that Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be targeted towards couples, and that it should focus on family.

100 Students Say…

I surveyed 100 UW-Stout students to get their perspective on the holiday. Here are the results.

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Don’t worry singles; it looks like there are plenty of fish in the sea!


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If you add “romantic” and “heartfelt” together, love wins.


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Need help with your game?

The surveyed students also had the opportunity to share their favorite pick-up lines. Here are a few of the hilarious conversation starters.

  • Was that an earthquake, or did you just rock my world?
  • Are you full of beryllium, gold and titanium? Because you’re Be-Au-Ti ful.
  • My lips are skittles, want to taste the rainbow?
  • Good thing I have a GPS watch, because I am lost without you.
  • Do you have a mirror in your pocket? Because I can totally see myself in your pants.

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