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With the start of the new semester and New Year, there are a lot of events to look forward to— even with COVID restrictions. Valentine’s Day is one of the most anticipated days every year. Love is in the air… or pure disgust if you hate the holiday. Whether I’m single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day has always been one of my least favorite holidays. I used to be out front with my distaste for the holiday, acting like the “grinch” of Valentine’s Day. In the end, it just made me feel more miserable and left out of plans with friends. So, here is a guide to tolerating Valentine’s Day even when you cannot stand it. 

  1. Channel Your Hatred for the Holiday Into Love for Those Around You 

Outside of religious affiliations, is Valentine’s Day (for the most part) a made-up holiday that companies like Hallmark use to capitalize on love? Absolutely. But despite that, you can still use the excuse to show some love to the people in your life— especially those who you have not been in touch with in a while.

  1.  Make Some Treats! 

Part of the fun is doing things you love for the holiday. I personally love baking and cooking. This year, I am going to learn how to make chocolate-covered strawberries! Make some chocolatey goods for you and your besties! 

  1.  Take the Romance Out of Love 

Just because this holiday is marketed towards couples does not mean you can only celebrate romantic love. Love comes in all forms— you can show your love for your best friends, your family, even yourself. I agree, it is annoying to see couples celebrating and flaunting their romantic Valentine’s Day celebrations, but you can have just as much fun celebrating with your friends. One of my favorite ways to celebrate is by having “Galentine’s Day” celebrations. I love sending my best friends presents, whether it be a Starbucks giftcard or flowers. Alternatively, you can plan a fun night with your friends and loved ones. This year I am going to get cheesecake with my best friend on Valentine’s Day! You can also give love to your furry friends and get a puppachino for your dog, or cuddle with your cats!

  1.  Dress Your Best! 

Who doesn’t love an excuse to get dressed up? Every Valentine’s Day, I love to wear my favorite black pieces in my closet with pearls and a good makeup look. It makes me feel more confident and brings up my spirits. The best part, I am dressing only for myself. I do not usually get dressed up unless there is an occasion, so it is nice to have a day where I am only dressing nice for myself! 

  1.  Get Yourself a Gift 

There is nothing more powerful than getting yourself flowers on Valentine’s Day. It might seem pathetic, but when you really think about it, it’s a total girlboss move. You are satisfying your own needs while taking care of yourself. You are also not relying on other people to get you things that make you happy. Whether it’s flowers, chocolates, or something completely different! Self care gifts like face masks, nail polish and some teas are great gifts as well!

6. Jam Out!

Who doesn’t love driving around with your favorite songs blasting or dancing in your favorte pjs in your room? I love listening to my favorite love songs around this season! Even more so, I love self-love songs! I made a playlist of some fun songs to enjoy no matter who you are with!

Valentine’s Day can be annoying, but people will celebrate it no matter what. Make the best of it and have fun in your own way. Most of all, embrace the love in your life and indulge in some must needed self-care. 

Julia Fuchs

Rutgers '22

Julia is a senior at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. Academically, she is interested in Egyptian archaeology and art history. Outside of classes Julia loves fashion, coffee, art, music and is a dedicated feminist! Her Campus is a way for her to combine all of her interests in a journalistic setting, and an organization she loves being a part of!
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