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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UW Lax chapter.

Just for a moment, I want you to think back to the simpler times in life; elementary school. Sure, we were just children, but we didn’t have hours of school work, a job, money problems, or a pandemic on our hands. In some ways, the jubilance of being young and not having any responsibilities sounds like a treat right now. Therefore, why not bring back a childhood tradition? 

In a few short days, we will be celebrating (or dreading) the holiday of love; Valentine’s Day. Whether cupid found you this year or you’re still single, there’s probably someone out there that has helped you tremendously through this year. Now more than ever bonding with others has become an important aspect of life. For many, this has been tricky. First-year college students are feeling the pain from this change in socialization by having to find new and creative ways to make friends. For many, living in the dorms can feel lonely, even being surrounded by lots of other students. So, this Valentine’s Day, share the love with someone you know, don’t know, or just simply want to get to know better. 

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Tying it back to the past, here’s how to have some V-day fun in a COVID safe way. Go to the store. Head back to the Valentines’ Day section. Pick up Valentine’s Day cards. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that you used to put in each other’s paper bags in elementary school. The ones that you would beg your mom to get because they had Hannah Montana on them or were sports-themed. Find your favorite kind (maybe even get some candy) and head home. Simply write your name, Snapchat, Instagram, or just a funny quote on them and stick them on doors all around your dorm (bonus points if you attached the candy). 

Just like that Valentine’s day is celebrated, and new friends are made. Who doesn’t want that? Clearly, the pandemic isn’t over yet, and like previously mentioned, these connections we make with each other are more important now than ever. Happy Valentines Day everyone! 

Hello! My name is Chloe Renzelmann and I am a freshman at UW-Lax. I will be majoring in Marketing and minoring in Spanish and Communications. When I'm not in class or writing, you can probably find me watching reality tv or working out!