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What Does Valentine's Day Mean to You?

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Video, Video:Angelica Arreola//Text: Walter Lopez, Angelica Arreola Posted: Feb 13, 2010

Editor's Note: YO! asked young men at San Francisco State College about what the Hallmark holiday means to them. Also, YO! contributors Walter Lopez and Angelica Arreola share their Valentine's Day plans.

Valentines Day is both the happiest and saddest time of the year. For most, it is a time to be with their significant other. Some spend Valentine's Day by having a night out with a close friend while condemning the shackles of love. Sadly, some spend Valentine's Day in solace--loathing the events which led to an inevitable breakup. Everyone has their reasons to do whatever it is they plan to do on Valentine's Day and I'm no exception.

As for my plans, I have nothing set in stone. I am working my butt off to scrape together some cash to take a very special girl out to dinner and maybe a movie. Corny? Perhaps, but given my financial situation, it's that best I can provide right now. And at least I can provide my sincerity.

Valentines Day is more than a day to celebrate love between lovers and friends; it is a day to show appreciation. Spend V-day with someone who matters, whether that person is a girlfriend, a boyfriend, or just a good friend. Put a positive spin on things.

- Walter Lopez, 22

For some, Valentine's Day is a special day for the significant other in your life to share small tokens of affection. This day has turned into a lovey-duvey Hallmark holiday. I have not celebrated Valentine's Day since I was in 4th grade, during which I bought cards for everyone in my class and pass them out. Back then, Valentine's Day was so sweet! Now that I'm older, Valentine's Day is fantastic if you have a date. If you dont, this day just might depress you. As for me, I usually go out with friends. I've had dates for V-day before but I didn't take them too seriously. Valentine's Day is way too cheesy.

-Angelica Arreola, 22

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