10 Ways to Spend this Valentine’s Day as a College Student

Dear little sis,

I know college can be a challenging time especially around holidays like Valentine’s Day. No one likes to be alone on the one day of the year that celebrates NOT being alone! This day can be hard even for those of us who aren’t single. I’m miles away from my boyfriend and as much as I’d love to spend Valentine’s Day with him, it’s just not possible. That doesn’t mean I can’t make this day special. I’ve created a list of things for you to try with college friends this Valentine’s Day!

1.Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

So, it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone knows the greatest gift of all time is chocolate. You walk in to any grocery store and there are ailes of it. But wait, chocolate isn’t a way to spend my Valentine’s Day. Oh, but it is. By that I mean you can add a little bit of chocolate into your Valentine’s Day plans by:

  • Make your own chocolate so you can indulge in this Valentine’s Day tradition healthily. Try these amazing bars by Lindsay from pinchofyum.com
  •  Make different kinds of chocolate covered strawberries. You can get really creative with this one. Try dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate with almonds, whatever your heart desires. 
  • Have a hot chocolate bar and movie night with the gals or with your boo. Who doesn’t want to cozy up on a cold Friday night with some hot coco. You can be creative and make your own from scratch or just simply buy a box of mix at the store

2. Nicholas Sparks Movie Night

I have to say, I was inspired by this one because I was watching Dear John on Netflix the other day. I don’t know about you, but romance movies like this give me all the feels, especially since my boyfriend is so far away this Valentine’s Day. Some of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books include:

  • Safe Haven
  • The Choice
  • The Lucky One
  •  The Last Song
  • The Best of Me
Also the second movie to All the Boys I Loved Before just came out last Wednesday on Netflix. I haven’t watched it yet, but those would probably be a great binge watch for this Valentine’s Day romantic movie night.

3.Dorm Camping

Do you remember those days as a child when you’d throw a bunch of pillows on the ground and throw a blanket above your head as a makeshift tent? Why not have a little fun and relive childhood? Put some pillows and blankets on the floor and hang a blanket between beds. You can make this even more fun by microwaving smores, popcorn, or enjoy some hot chocolate and a movie.

4. Spa Night

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about couple love, it can be about some self love too! Pamper yourself ladies. Grab some facemasks, do some nails, put some oils in your diffuser. Whatever it takes to get you in a relaxed mood.

5. Valentine's Dinner

I don’t mean Valentine’s dinner out, but Valentine’s dinner in. Make some spaghetti and garlic bread with friends. Cook some brownies. Get your inner chef on and be creative. This can be a great way for you to try some new healthy recipes or even indulge in something other than dining hall food.

6. Battle of the Sexes

Who doesn’t love a little competition? I know I do! Gather your closest guy friends and gal pals and play battle of the sexes. You can make your own games or put a twist on something like Cards Against Humanity by playing in teams.

7. Write Love Letters to your Friends

I don’t mean sappy professions of love, but just a letter of appreciation. Let your friends know you care about them! We wouldn’t think twice about writing a letter to our significant other, but we often forget to appreciate our friends for all that they do. Let them know you are thinking about them this Valentine’s Day.

8. Cookie Decorating Contest

This tradition doesn’t have to be reserved solely for Christmas. Bake some sugar cookies and then grab some frosting and sprinkles. Cut out sugar cookies in the shape of hearts or other fun Valentine’s Day shapes. Challenge your friends to make the best cookie and get others to judge the final product

9. Paint Party

Not all college campuses have one of these, but I feel like the majority would. This past summer I went to a super cute local art studio in Clemson and painted! Get your gals together and go find a local studio near you. Not only will you have fun, but you’ll have something to bring home! If you don’t have a local art shop near you, just grab some canvases from the nearby art supply store and have a paint night in. 

10. Go Ice Skating

It is winter y’all! This means we can skate with no shame. Go to an outdoor rink, or if you’re experiencing 70 degree weather like I am, go to a nearby indoor rink. Get all dressed up and go for a photo shoot. Make it what you want!

With love,

Ashley Ardele


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This Valentine's Day I tried number five on the list, and made some pasta with the girls. It ended up only costing us each $4.50 a person for this delicious meal, complete with ice cream for desert. Thanks Clemson University for letting us use the kitchen!


  1. March 22, 2020 / 7:46 pm

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    • ashleyardele@gmail.com
      March 27, 2020 / 8:11 pm

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