By Alizay Rodriguez, Elizabeth Loera and Zaquary Funderburk
Hearts, chocolate and stuffed animals, these are the main gifts handed out to star-crossed lovers on Valentine’s Day. It comes every year on the 14th of February and invites couples to be romantic for a day. People across the world spend a lot of money on this day. According to Forbes.com, consumers altogether spent about 20 billion dollars last year alone.
If you randomly ask people in the halls of Umatilla High if they appreciate Valentine’s Day or not there would mainly be two sides to that opinion. The side that loves Valentine’s Day and the other side that despises it with passion.
A survey asking how the vast majority would spend their Valentine’s Day was sent out to the students of UHS. Ninety-three of 400 students responded. The survey consisted of questions wondering whether or not they celebrated time with a friend, significant other or just stayed home alone on the 14th of February.
Freshman Yarectzy Carrillo, who the writers of this story are affectionately calling “single pringle,” said “it’s a weird celebration, because you shouldn’t force love on a specific day.”
Valentine’s Day is all about feelings so a common survey question would be, “How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?” The most commonly given response was that students found Valentine’s Day simply “okay” giving a total of only 63.4%, whereas only 18.3% called it “great.”
Valentine’s day is a day known for it’s over-exaggerated gestures towards a significant other. One person doesn’t exactly have to give big gifts like teddy bears and stuff everyday to a significant other; but a common anti-Valentine’s refrain is you shouldn’t treat your significant other any different on a specific day.
Junior Daphne Castro says she’s been dating Miguel Torres for over 10 months and knows they’ll continue to be together. “My favorite thing about Miguel is that he’s very caring, supportive, and always there when I need someone,” Ms. Castro said.
Overall, a whole bunch of UHS students (65.6% of the 93 respondents) would give their “significant other” chocolate on Valentine’s Day.