Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day. In theory, it is a time to reflect on our loved ones and show them how much we care about them — and, one might hope, to celebrate a little romantic spark of our own. But in practice, at this university anyway, it seems there won’t be much of that happening.
Those lucky few with a significant other should have fun tonight. But for the single ones among us, it is likely that the most exciting thing you’ll do today is watch the Valentine’s Day episode of “Friends” — it could be a long night.
It’s puzzling that at Yale, where students are intelligent and passionate about the future, so little time is devoted to reaching coupledom. There could be a simple explanation: because Yalies are so focused on personal achievements, they have little time left to pursue love or even go on a “normal” date.
There could also be a more complex reason: perhaps gender stereotypes complicate the bleak state of romance at Yale. Men cling to earlier days when Yale was an old boys’ club and they could impress girls by donning their J. Press college scarves. Women feel they must punish men for missing those days, so they refuse to acknowledge they may actually need romance.
But really, who are we to speculate on a holiday that brings joy to so many people worldwide and remains such a mystery here at Yale? We may be smart, but we don’t get out much. After all, you know where we’ll be tonight.