1. You don’t have to buy expensive presents
So many people shell out hundreds of dollars on jewelry, flowers and fancy chocolate. While most people appreciate these gifts, they are overpriced just because they are Valentine’s Day themed. If you want some chocolate or a nice necklace, you can wait until Feb. 15 to buy yourself on-sale items.
2. There’s no pressure to go somewhere fancy
Don’t get me wrong, eating microwavable food and Chick-fil-A every day does get tiring, but many students would much rather go to a mediocre restaurant with their friends than spend their whole paycheck eating at a restaurant that’s way overpriced. Instead, you can eat at Got Dumplings on the Corner or even chill at O’Hill.
3. You can spend more time with friends
We’ve all heard of Galentine’s Day, where girlfriends get together and celebrate friendship. No matter the gender of your friends, it is fun and important to make time for your pals and show how much you appreciate them. You now have a whole day free to get brunch at The Pigeon Hole on the Corner or just hang out with those who matter to you.
4. You have more time to catch up on work
Doing readings and studying isn’t fun, but we all have to do it. When you are stretched for time, having a whole evening open to do whatever you’re pushing off is a blessing. Midterms are coming up and we all already have papers to complete, so get a jump start to avoid the stress. It may not be the most Instagrammable way to spend your day, but the feeling of relief and accomplishment of finishing your assignments is better than that feeling of butterflies in your stomach.
5. You can relax at home
If you’re as much of a homebody as me, having an excuse to stay in and watch Netflix is amazing, especially if you've had a tough week. If you want to stay in and catch up on your favorite shows or get a couple extra hours of sleep, there is no commitment stopping you. Take a break from your assignments by just being lazy for the day.
6. You don’t have to deal with the drama of knowing your label
As Valentine’s Day approaches, many people are wondering what they and their partner actually are. Are we a couple, a one-time fling or almost in a relationship but not quite there yet? Being single means you don’t have to worry, and you can find comfort in the fact that you know exactly what your relationship status is. There’s no anxiety over whether or not you should go on a Valentine’s Day date.
7. You can go looking for a new boo
Being single isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Some of us do want to meet someone, and a Valentine’s Day first date is a cute idea — you can have some romantic fun without all the gifts and formalities. So break out Bumble, Tinder or The Cavalier Daily’s Love Connection form and have some Valentine's Day fun.
8. There are fewer calories involved
As much as I would love to eat a bunch of chocolate, it is definitely unhealthy, and if you get tons of candy, a cheat day can easily turn into a cheat week. If your New Year's resolution is to eat better, you won’t have to stress about breaking your healthy streak with a nice dinner or candy with your partner. Instead, make yourself a tasty and health-conscious meal that will make you feel great.
9. You don’t need to dress up
Many people spend their time on the 14th doing their hair, finding the perfect outfit and coating their face with the best makeup around. Don’t get me wrong — dressing up is fun. But it can be exhausting, especially after a long week when all you want to do is wear leggings and a sweatshirt. Put that hair up in a bun and rock those sweatpants.
10. You can learn to love yourself
While finding confidence in another person is not bad in and of itself, your relationship with yourself is the most important. It can be so easy to get caught up in other peoples’ lives that we neglect ourselves. Especially with how competitive the University is, it is important to remind yourself that you matter and have value. This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the same amount of love that you give other people by reflecting on all you’ve accomplished and what makes you amazing.