Valentine’s Day At College

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Ah, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and love is in the air. Even if you don’t have a significant other, Valentine’s Day is still a great time to show your love for those important people in your life that you care about. I know it can really seem like a commercial holiday made for spending money on things like cards, chocolate, and fancy dinners, but I think that any reason to celebrate love is a good one. So let’s talk about how to do it as a college student.

On the Cheap

Often times the “poor college student” cliche can really be right on the money, pardon the pun. You don’t have to spend much to show your love. Take your special someone to a sentimental place, like the pizza joint where you first met or go to the park and have a picnic by the lake (weather permitting). Presents can be as simple as flowers from the grocer. Add your own personal touch by attaching a mushy card or special decorations. The possibilities are endless.

In a Group

If you’re not in a relationship right now, grab a bunch of friends to spend the day with. You can arrange your own Valentine’s Day bash or just head out for a night on the town. It’s up to you, but getting out with others will help to chase away any hint of the blues. Like I said, any excuse to celebrate love is a good one. Maybe you don’t even care that you’re not in a relationship right now. Take this time to have some fun with those close to you. If you are interested in looking for love, consider setting up a group dating profile with your friends. It’s a new way of getting out and socializing and looks like a lot of fun.

Pamper Yourself

This is something I always advocate to my mom friends, but it’s good advice for everyone. If you don’t feel much like partying, you can always spend Valentine’s Day pampering yourself. You deserve to show yourself a bit of love. You can go shopping and treat yourself to something nice or get your nails done. Or you could stay in and watch a movie while eating your very own yummy box of chocolates. Doing something just for you is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Though I do have a sweetie, we aren’t rolling in the dough. My husband and I will be having dinner in, listening to quiet music and the squeals of our one-year old in the background. But I’ll be spending the day at the movies with my girlfriends, too. I decided to give myself the best of both worlds this Valentine’s Day. What will you be doing?

For more ideas, check out this great article from About.com.

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