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  • Valentine's Day Dos and Don'ts

    By Abby Maurer

      With Valentine's Day right around the corner, chances are that you’re rushing to make the day perfect, whether you’ll be spending it with a special someone, friends, or alone in your room. No matter what company you’re keeping on the 14th, there’s always a way to make it better and avoid any catastrophes. 

      If you’re going to be spending Valentines Day with a date, do make sure that you both agree on plans. If you’re trying to surprise the other person, make sure that they still know that you two will be together, because the last thing that you want is for your date to make plans with someone else! If they assume you two have no plans, they may make plans to hang out with their friends instead, or even be upset that you don’t have plans, even if you do. So, tell the person that plans are in place, but tell them that what you’re doing is a surprise in order to keep some suspense. Also, don’t feel too pressured to break the bank while buying gifts for your special someone! The experiences and moments that you share with a person is much more important than what you can give them, and if they don’t feel the same way, that’s not the kind of person you want to be in a relationship with. 

      If you’re single on Valentine’s Day, firstly, don’t feel bad. While in high school, a majority of people are single, and many of the relationships that you see your peers in aren’t all that they’re cracked up to be. Being young people, we still have our entire futures in front of us, and no one has to have their entire life planned out, especially not relationship-wise. Be kind to yourself and realize that you are still worthy of respect and love, even if you’re single. Secondly,  do spend time with your friends! Make plans to have a sleepover with a friend, go watch a movie, or even go out for a dinner date with your friends. Having fun and making memories with people that you care about will help you feel loved and important on the most love-centered day of the year. Lastly, don’t stay at home alone. Instead of laying in bed and feeling miserable, hang out with family, friends, or even just go out alone. Keeping yourself busy and focusing on the good relationships in your life should be the goal of Valentine’s Day if you’re sad about being single. So, whether you’re in a relationship or not, don’t take anything too seriously or worry too much. It’s the perfect excuse to go out and have a good time!

  • Valentine's Day Movies, Ranked

    By Kazziah Hayes

    There are millions of romance movies, ranging from romantic-comedies to romantic- action movies. Some are sweet and heartfelt, and they make you say “aww” while others are trope-y and cringe-worthy and make you say “eww”. So that raises the question, what is it that makes a romance movie good or bad? While that answer is subjective, there are a few things that I feel everyone could agree on. A good romance should have good characters, a followable plot, and of course romance. Below I have included some answers to my question, What Makes a good Romance Movie?

    “I like it when it’s good and they start off not knowing each other, then the relationship develops.” 

    • Faith Richardson, ‘23

    “It needs to have the funny.” 

    • Peter Kearns, ‘23

    “Love triangles, oh and drama.” 

    • Jacqueline Palacios, ‘23

    “Fate. When the people are uninvolved and they happen to meet, or something brings them together. Serendipity is one of my favorites. “

    • Mr. Brainard.