How to Spend Your Valentine’s Day

You may have been planning your Valentine’s Day for weeks, or you may have just noticed that this Friday is, in fact, the 14th day of the month of February and subsequently felt your stomach drop to your toes. Regardless, here are a few ideas for how to spend your Valentine’s Day, catered to any relationship status (or lack thereof).

1. The Single-and-Ready-to-Mingle

So you’re single and looking to have a good time on a regular ol’ Friday night? Excellent, because Valentine’s Day is mostly reserved for Hallmark cards and candy companies anyway, so the rest of the world is your oyster! If you’re over 21, hit up a bar in Davis Square or even go out on a limb and venture into Boston. Looking for an under-21 adventure? Get together some equally single and fabulous friends and plan a night on the town. See a killer action movie (may I suggest “The Monuments Men?”), and treat yourselves to a nice dinner or explore the wonders of Boston. If you want to stay on campus, get together some people in your dorm or house for a Netflix marathon and a thousand $6 pizzas from Pizza Days. I’m not 100 percent sure if this is allowed, but I would be stoked to play a campus-wide game of manhunt. Just make sure you don’t freeze or have a repeat performance of ‘The Excessively Overdressed Quad Stroll.’

2. The Gorgeous Gals

A girls’ night out is possibly one of my favorite activities of all time, and for a very good reason. There’s nothing better than getting together with your best girls, doing your hair and makeup, and rocking out to some classic Beyoncé circa Destiny’s Child. You can stay on campus and have a romantic comedy movie night complete with popcorn and pink M&Ms galore, or you can get glammed up and head out to Davis or Boston for dinner and drinks (a la Galentine’s Day from “Parks and Recreation”). Either way, you’re with your girlfriends, so you’re bound to have an amazing time and get some selfies out of the night.

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3. The Cutesy Couple

At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day was made for couples. So don’t be shy, go all out! Today is the day when you can shower your significant other with affection and chocolate. Take your boyfriend or girlfriend out for the classic “dinner and a movie,” or get a little creative and go ice-skating, go to a concert, go dancing. If you want to stay in, try cooking a romantic dinner. Or, if you don’t have a kitchen or any culinary skills like yours truly, order takeout and have an indoor picnic. Do something cheesy and over-the-top. Ask your significant other (in song) if he or she wants to build a snowman. Saint Valentine would approve.

So what am I doing for Valentine’s Day? Well, I will be spending most of the day taking an exam. After that trauma, I’ll be decorating cupcakes in Dewick with one of my best girlfriends (come join me!), followed by a re-watching of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Love Actually,” accompanied by pink beverages. Classy and sweet, just how I like it. So, fellow Tufts students, enjoy your Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re spending it with your significant other, with your friends, or with your wonderful self, stay safe and remember the love.

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