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How Rom-Coms Should Set the Standard 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Temple chapter.

Here’s why you should romanticize your life… 

It’s February and it’s the month for the rise in rom-com movies with Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching. This specific genre has shaped my view of romantic relationships as well as my outlook on life. 

But to be clear– no, I don’t believe that I’ll have a guy stop traffic on the Manhattan Bridge to try and get me back, like in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, or have an ex build a house for me to win me back like in the Notebook

Life isn’t like the movies and it’s important to not place fictional expectations on any relationship. 

However, these unrealistic movies have helped make me want to romanticize the small things in life. 

This could be as simple as walking around campus, listening to music on a nice day, meeting my friends for coffee at Richie’s, and being able to view the sunset and sunrise over the city. 

As college students we may be wrapped up in the fast-paced environment of school, constantly trying to keep up with everything. But I appreciate the little moments that help me get through my long weeks filled with classes, club meetings, and work. 

I also believe that these movies have taught me to appreciate the love I have for my friends and family because those are people who can appreciate and romanticize the small things with me. 

There’s no perfect love story or happy ending, and it’s important to not let fictional movies dictate standards when it comes to dating. However, the fun love present in rom-coms is what I already have surrounding me- and I’m sure that many of you have as well. 

Whether you’re having a Galentine’s Day, going out with your partner on February 14th, or doing absolutely nothing, there’s a romantic comedy in everyone’s life- you just have to look for it. 

Jadyn Howard

Temple '25

Hi everyone! I'm Jadyn, a junior journalism student at Temple University. I love to write articles for Her Campus based on my own firsthand experiences and fit that into the bigger picture! Outside of Her Campus, I interned for Temple Office of Global Engagement and Resolve Philly.