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Single survival 101

February 9th, 2012

‘Tis the season for heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, conversation hearts, mushy love songs, bouquets of flowers from that special someone and that awkward moment when you feel you’re completely surrounded by nothing but happy hand-holding couples on campus.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For many, Valentine’s Day is a holiday of celebration to spend with your significant other while feasting on those mouth-watering chocolate-covered strawberries from Malley’s Chocolates.

For others, it is perhaps the most cringe-worthy day of the year: a day flooded with commercial advertisements practically announcing that you are, once again, riding solo.

But fear not, for you are not alone. Many of your fellow college students sympathize with your “table-for-one” predicament.

No more will you look upon Feb. 14 with impending dread. No more should you sing the lonesome blues. No more must you be ashamed of your current relationship status on Facebook.

We have the survival tips to make this day of love and heart-shaped candy not only bearable, but also quite enjoyable.

Survival tip #1: Embrace being single

Think about all the stress couples go through during Valentine’s Day. “Where should we go out to eat? What should I get my significant other? What can I do to impress him or her this Valentine’s Day? Am I doing enough?” Rejoice in your independence! February is simply an added time of stress in relationship land. Be happy that you can have a worry-free day and celebrate the single life.

Survival tip #2: Be a little selfish

Being single is all about being the best individual you can be. This Valentine’s Day, do something for yourself. Set your own personal goal and take time out of your day to achieve this ambition.

Maybe it’s spending a little time working out at the gym. Or, maybe it’s going shopping and buying yourself something you’ve had your eye on. Being solo on Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge yourself with the pleasures of life.

Survival tip #3: Celebrate with single friends

No need to sulk about being alone. Instead, vie to make the lovebirds jealous of all the fun you are having with your single friends. This Valentine’s Day, surround yourself with others who make you happy. Have plans with all your single friends for a girl’s or guy’s night equipped with movies, food and fun.

Even try a Secret Santa exchange on for size, except with a Valentine’s Day twist, exchanging candy, stuffed animals and flowers. Not only will the feeling of loneliness soon disappear, but you will also soon remember why you love being single.

Survival tip #4: Celebrate your family

When was the last time you actually called your mom for something other than asking her what cycle to wash your sweaters on?

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the relationships you have and reconnecting with those you care about.

This year, tell your parents how much you appreciate them by taking the time to thank them with a simple phone call or even by sending them a Valentine’s Day card.

Not only will it make their day, but the appreciation they express will make yours, too.

Survival tip #5: Carpe diem

Even though your attitude, filled with single’s skepticism, might cause you to sneer at the cliché phrase, “love is in the air,” take a step out of your comfort zone this Valentine’s Day.

Have you been eyeing a certain someone across the room in your Introduction to Philosophy class? Well, now is the perfect opportunity to go make an effort and talk to that person. Hey, it may not lead to anything, but as they say, there’s no time like the present.

By following these simple tips, this Feb. 14 will be an enjoyable day for students campus wide.  Just remember that roses are red, violets are blue and a stress-free Valentine’s Day is up to you.