Each year, there is one day known world-wide for frilly hearts, candies, roses and, most of all, love. February the 14th is coming fast and the question remains whether STM is truly prepared.While Valentine’s Day is celebrated, it is also treated with a little distrust. There is a 50/50 chance Valentines Day will be the worst, or best, day for any single student at STM.
Do you find yourself thinking about getting a gift for a special someone (or being told to by a very persistent girlfriend)? There are a few presents that a Valentine’s Day shopper should avoid. A student, who wishes be remain anonymous, told me the worst gifts he received for Valentine’s Days were “Those [awful] Wal-Mart cards.” Also, avoid anything that sings or plays music. Monica (Grade 11) was serenaded one Valentine’s Day and also received “a teddy bear, which sang too.” This only led to embarrassment. If you want to make an impact on your Valentine this year, think flowers or chocolate as a simple way of saying how you feel. If you have never seen a stove before, please avoid baking. Nicole (Grade 12) was once gifted with a homemade cake on Valentine’s Day which "was terrible.” Gifts are not the most important part of Valentine’s Day, but the day does give some the courage to take a chance for love, despite the risk of hurt feelings or rejection.
Plus, nothing ruins a Valentine’s Day like not getting anything. When asked, countless STM students stated that the worst gift they received on Valentine’s Day was when they got nothing at all. Even Ms. Gordon reported that, “The worst gift was no gift.” That may be because the corporate myth that everyone has found their one true love by February 14th drives high school students crazy. One student, also wanting to maintain anonymity, told this reporter that every “[Valentine’s Day experience] is horrible.” In high school, love is a rollercoaster. Justin (Grade 12) once had a kitten thrown at him when he had a spat with a now ex-girlfriend. (Why did the kitten have to suffer?) So, the single STM student body need not worry this Valentine season because more than half the school population is just as single as you are (and I hear they think you’re cute).