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Does Valentine’s Day produce too high of expectations for college students?

Valentine's Day brings additional pressure for some college students . Photo courtesy Karissa Vetsch

Valentine’s Day brings additional pressure for some college students . Photo courtesy Karissa Vetsch

By Karissa Vetsch

Valentine’s Day still continues to arrive every year, Feb. 14. Many College students across the nation are celebrating it each in their own respective ways. But has Valentine’s Day produced too high of expectations for the mere college student?

With chocolates, teddy bears, overpriced flowers and often the expensive dinner; Valentine’s Day has reached an all time peak. With companies enjoying the commercial side of it and couples using the day to celebrate their relationships, college students are in a predicament of spending money to keep up with the holiday.

Go into any store near you and the pink and red hearts can be found almost instantly. With the prices increasing through the years, should college students in relationships expect less?

Valentine’s Day prices increase because of “supply and demand.” When the demand for these items, like roses, goes up, the prices will rise with them. College is expensive, this is no secret, and beginning an adult costs money. So what are college students plans for maintaining their sanity this holiday season?

Some students don’t celebrate this holiday continuing on with their busy schedules instead. Others choose to commemorate the day by either going out to eat, or just spending time together.

“I’ll be giving her some flowers, chocolates, taking her to Shooters and then some Hulu and commitment (as opposed to the more popular Netflix and chill),” said an engaged male speaking towards how he and his fiancé will celebrate this upcoming Valentine’s Day.

“We have no plans and he won’t confirm anything with me, but I will be giving a campus tour at 9,” said a busy female college student referring to her and her boyfriends plans.

“I will be spending it with my friends,” said a single college student.

As college students continue to slug through their work loads, so too will Valentine’s Day crawl back around each year. With students choosing different ways to celebrate it, what remains the same is that on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day will produce the economical pressures college students will have to learn how to deal with.