Love is many things, and my opinions on love and Valentine’s Day have evolved over the years. What started with dropping store-bought cards into classmates’ homemade mailboxes transitioned into sending carnations and candy grams to middle school crushes. Physical manifestations of “love” further developed into enduring expectations of roses and restaurant reservations. As problematic as Valentine’s Day can be with its capitalistic pressures, I’ll admit that I love it.
At President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman delivered an original poem, “The Hill We Climb.” The Los Angeles resident and Harvard College graduate made history as the youngest known inaugural poet, sparking admiration and conversation in the following weeks.