1. My mom telling me that I’ll always be her Valentine. It makes me feel a little bad for my dad, but hey man, second place ain’t bad.
  2. Telling my suitemates that they’re all my Valentines, especially the ones who are dealing with emotional turmoil these days and could really use the positive energy on Valentine’s Day of all days. When the going gets tough, the real men get emotionally vulnerable and support each other through thick and thin. Love you all.
  3. Seeing the couple that broke up — he cheated on her but then they got back together because they really love each other — post on Instagram. 
  4. Seeing the couple that’s been dating since sixth grade post ten slides on Instagram. Man oh man are they so happy and so codependent.
  5. Seeing happy and healthy couples that I love and support post for each other on Instagram. #Goals.
  6. Seeing people make sarcastic jokes about couples posting on Instagram.
  7. Munching on chocolate all day without feeling the smallest smidgen of guilt.
  8. Seeing every single performance group host a special performance that will include at least 69 forced sex jokes.
  9. Wearing and witnessing the different shades of pink and red. These colors are a part of our fashion palette that we don’t utilize enough. Let’s make it big all year round. Even if some of us colorblind folks can’t always tell them apart. Or distinguish them from green in certain circumstances. Still great colors.
  10. Having a fun excuse to doodle hearts during Moral Foundations of Politics. What an excellent shape that even the worst of artists can draw.
  11. Seeing “one year ago today” memories of being sad on Valentine’s Day and feeling happier now.
  12. Having my eyes opened to the truth by the bold thinkers of Yale: Valentine’s Day is just another manifestation of the capitalist machine that oppresses true freedom.
  13. Texting my exes that I’m now on good terms with and can make good banter with, “Happy Valentine’s Day, babe!” It’s a good way to stay in touch and keeps everyone on their toes.
  14. My mom telling me that I’ll always be her Valentine. It’s worth saying again. I love you the most, ma. 

Andrew Cramer is a former sports editor, women's basketball beat reporter, and WKND personal columnist at the YDN. He still writes for the WKND and Sports sections. He is a junior in Jonathan Edwards College and is majoring in Ethics, Politics & Economics.