(Edited by: Beatrice Shlansky)
What does love look like? Hallmark suggests one optimistic, kitschy vision of affection: an expression of love wrapped in pink and white, preferably documented on cardstock. Think chocolates, roses, and fourth-grade card exchanges. Then there’s a version often touted by editorials and academics: clinical campus hookup culture, in which intimacy is discrete and, whenever possible, digital.
But I think this binary depiction of modern love is a far cry from how affection actually manifests itself here on campus. Instead, I see acts of kindness and expressions of love in almost every beat of college life: It’s getting an extra coffee from Ferris for a friend, letting a stranger pet your dog, standing in awe of a campus group’s performance, and sharing a passion for Columbia University Emergency Medical Service.
Love is often not manifested in grandeur—most students don’t have the budget for it—but, if you’re patient and have your eyes open, love is present in the small moments, alive quietly but certainly. These are some of those moments.