By: Shannon Crowley | February 14, 2022
Credit: ASP Arts and Culture
It’s that time of year again when love is in the air and it's impossible to escape. Every store you enter has tons of Valentine’s gifts that no one will be giving you this year. Think about it, would you even want a giant teddy bear, anyways? There are two types of singles on Valentine’s Day: the hopeless romantic who loves love, and the cynical singles who want every happy couple to rot. Surviving Valentine’s Day as a single college student in 2022 can be hard, but before you know it, it’ll be February 15.
Whether you want to be alone or with friends, there are many options for what you can do to still participate.
Since this day is for more than just lovers, anyone can celebrate. Grab your friends and have a romantic comedy movie marathon. Personally, I say the cheesier the better, but if you aren’t in the mood to watch people in the movies enjoy their love life, watch your go-to comfort movie.
Mosey down to a local flower shop in downtown Albany or head to a museum, of which there are a few in Albany, accessible by bus. Spend the day alone. Swing over to Lark Street and get yourself a little treat, maybe an iced coffee or pastry. Think about it this way, you are saving money by not having a Valentine, so treat yourself.
Ice skating at Empire State Plaza could be fun but beware of all the happy couples you will be running into. If you’d rather spend the day doing nothing to mourn your tragic love life, you can use Valentine’s Day as a self-care day. Buy yourself your favorite candy, get yourself a face mask, and have a spa day. Without loving yourself, you can't love anyone else.
As long as you do something you love to do, you will enjoy your day and if you already know your Valentine’s Day is going to be awful, you can look forward to buying half-priced heart-shaped candy the next day.