The most arguably romantic day of the year is upon us once again – Valentine’s Day.
A day which, depending on your relationship status, can be filled with candy hearts, roses and romantic gestures or loneliness.
For those who are still unsure about what to do on this most joyous Hallmark holiday, The Collegiate reached out to Grand Rapids Community College students to get the skinny on how they will be celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Some students, like Austin Tippett, already have romantic plans to celebrate the day.
“I’m surprising my girlfriend with an in-home picnic,” Tippett said.
Some students were eager for Valentine’s Day to begin. Such is the case for Mckenzie Drye, 19, and Zach White, 20.
“I get emotional,” Drye said. “I like Valentine’s Day a lot.”
As White shared Drye’s enthusiasm for Valentine’s Day, his concerns were elsewhere.
“There’s a lot of love out here,” White said. “I hope her mom cooks so I don’t have to.”
For 21-year-old Holland native, Jenna Webb romance and sports go hand-in-hand on Valentine’s Day.
“My boyfriend, Brad, and I have a hockey game tomorrow night,” Webb said. “Yeah, we play on a league together, so I think that’s romantic.”
Though, for Webb not all Valentine’s Days have gone off without a hitch.
“Our first Valentine’s Day he bought me roses, which I’m allergic to,” Webb said. “That night I had a bad reaction. I won’t go into details, but it was bad.”
But not all GRCC students appreciate Valentine’s Day as some had disaster stories to share. It’s not surprising though, given the day’s dark history.
Chantal Gareda, 22, of Grand Rapids, had a soap-opera style horror story from a previous Valentine’s Day.
“I was working at Walgreens on Valentine’s Day as a cashier and this guy got me flowers while his girlfriend was there,” Gareda said. “She was so mad at him for doing that, and I just wanted to give her the flowers to end this.”
The chilling stories of Valentine’s Day dates gone wrong seemed to pour in as students from all over campus shared their stories.
“I was told by my date to put on something fancy for a nice dinner, so naturally I put on a dress,” said an 18-year-old GRCC student named, Daynah who declined to give her last name. “He ended up taking me to McDonald’s. I had chicken nuggets and after that date I never saw him again.”
Among the students interviewed, some weren’t very keen on Valentine’s Day.
“Valentine’s is too flashy,” said Allison Devries, 19, of Hamilton, Michigan. “I don’t like Valentine’s Day because I don’t like to be celebrated. If that makes me a Valentine’s Day Grinch, then so be it.”
Collegiate staffers Riley Scheffler, Belicia Hernandez, Griffin Sikkema and Aaron Stoner contributed to this story.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 11:17 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2019 to fix a typo in the third to the last paragraph – the word “diner” was fixed to “dinner.”