On January 29th, the popular Facebook page Amherst Crushes posted a unique post. An Amherst student wrote an entire parody to the Disney song, “Let it Go,” dedicated to Jordan Bernstein’s (Class of 2017) beard! The comical twist was called, “Let it Grow” and gained over sixty likes on Facebook. While the post left Jordan (and his beard) speechless, it sparked an idea in one of his dormmates.
Melissa Sheth, Class of 2017 and resident of Williston dormitory has created a cute new tradition for Valentine’s Day. As she says, “Everyone deserves to have a poem dedicated to them.” With the success of her dorm’s Secret Santa last December, Melissa easily convinced her dorm to do the event again but with a twist for the love filled holiday on February 14th.
The rules are simple:
1. Everyone in the dorm who wants to participate signs up on a Google Doc.
2. The resident counselors, Giaco (Class of 2015) and Amanda (Class of 2016), will run the particpant’s names through a program that pairs everyone randomly.
3. Once each person receives his or her other half, they must write that person a poem. There are not restrictions on the poem. Whether you prefer prose, haiku, or Dr. Seuss’ rhyming scheme, all styles are welcomed for this wonderful event.
Here’s the catch! Like in Secret Santa, no one can know who’s paired with whom. This obstacle has already allowed for the creative juices of Willistonians to flow. Many residents have plans of typing their poems, using calligraphy or cutting out letters to conceal their identity. They are formulating secret plots to slip Valentine poems under doors and in mailboxes without detection. This event is fun for those who love the holiday and those who love a good game.
You should try it too! This is a wonderful idea to increase the bond between members of family, sports team and the dormitory. It’s a low maintenance to start and doesn’t cost much to participate. Not to mention, the variations of this game are endless. You can choose to post it on people’s doors or car windows. You can sneak up behind your assigned person and place it on their back, having the person wear his or her poem of adoration all day! However, the gesture can warm another person’s heart more than any box of chocolates. On the day of love, who can ask for anything more than that?