Mummanschanz

A way for couples to spend Valentine’s Day together could be going to see IUP’s performance of “Mummenschanz you & me” (left) or go the movies to see a Valentine’s Day movie, such as “The Photograph” (right).

Valentine’s Day can be everyone’s favorite (or least favorite) day of the year. 

Even if you don’t have a significant other to celebrate with, you can still enjoy the holiday. 

Many people dread the holiday because it makes them feel more alone. All the social media posts of couples on this day can be hard to scroll through. Luckily, in recent years there have been many new and fun ideas for people who are single.

Some things are happening on campus during Valentine’s Day that you can participate in. Winter Warm Up is an event held to learn about activities on campus and get involved. This event is happening from 3 – 6 p.m. Friday in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. There is also a theater performance of “Mummenschanz you & me” from 7 – 9 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. 

One simple idea for both single people and couples on Valentine’s Day is to take a social media break for the day. By not going on social media and focusing more on yourself, your friends and/or your significant other, you can have a more immersive and stress-free day. You want to be in the moment with whoever you are with. 

A fun and creative thing you can do with whoever you choose to spend Valentine’s Day with is making something homemade. A lot of the time, homemade gifts can be more special and heartfelt than store-bought gifts. You can hang out with your friends or significant other and make decorative picture frames, paint on canvases together, make each other homemade bracelets or write each other love letters/homemade Valentine’s Day cards. 

While a lot of people go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day, we all know that in college, we can be on a strict budget. Instead of going out and spending money on food, go shopping with your friends or significant other and make a meal together at home. This is a cheaper and funner way to spend time with your favorite people. 

Another idea similar to cooking dinner together is making a Valentine’s Day themed dessert. There are many different box mixes of Valentine’s Day themed desserts like cupcakes, cakes, cake pops, cookies and brownies in the seasonal aisles of Walmart and Martin’s. 

Another popular Valentine’s Day date is going to the movies. A trip to the movies is always fun, but it can be a lot of money, too. Instead of going to the movie theater, you can stay home, eat junk food and watch your favorite romance movies. It can be a much more enjoyable time to be snuggled up at home than out in public.  

If you know that you won’t be able to resist the draw to your phone and scrolling through all the V-Day posts, you can always have a “Galentine’s Day” photo shoot with all of your friends. You can get decorations and set up a wall for you and your friends to take photos in front of. This is a fun idea for people who don’t have a significant other but don’t want to be left out of the holiday.

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