Single students are preparing for Valentine’s Day despite feelings of being left out. Here's how students are remaining positive, choosing to appreciate loved ones and prioritizing self-care on the holiday.
Valentine’s celebrations — whether they be the countless heart-shaped decorations, exchanging gifts or going on dates — usually include public displays of affection. As a result, single students have mixed feelings about the holiday.
“It definitely makes it worse seeing many people happy and in love," first-year student Bob Dang said. "You’re happy for them, but you also want the same love and relationship.”
One way those without a significant other cope with Valentine’s Day is by ignoring the day completely.
“Usually I just forget about Valentine’s Day 'til it just rolls up,” junior Peitra Knight said. “And then I’m like, ‘Oh man Valentine’s Day? Darn, I’m gonna be seeing all the hearts and roses commercials and stuff everywhere.’”
She said if it falls on a school day, as it often does, then she goes about her day as she would any other.
“If it’s on the weekend then normally what I would do is play a few games, chat with my friends, spend some time putting stuff together — be it origami or other arts and crafts projects — or eating candy by myself,” Knight said. “If you don’t have anyone to spend time with, then just take care of yourself.”
Other single students, like first-year Riley Pingree, look forward to the holiday.
“I’m a hopeless romantic so I love to see other people in love,” she said. "True love is so pure and cute and I know one day I’m gonna eventually celebrate it.”