How to Make Single's Awareness Day (Valentine's Day) Tolerable

How to Make Single's Awareness Day (Valentine's Day) Tolerable

"Just break out the Ben and Jerry's pretend your Bridget Jones for the whole day"
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We all try and admit that as a single person we are not at all bothered by Valentine's day. I mean do we really need a significant other to make one day out of the year special for us? Seriously, there are plenty of other days throughout the year that are much better than this one that you get way more things out of it (Christmas, Easter, Birthday, and Halloween). Yet still for some reason being single on this very expensive and to lovey dovey of a holiday is just the worst. It just feels as if you should just break out the Ben and Jerry's pretend your Bridget Jones for the whole day.


Well fear not because it's time to put the Ben and Jerry's down, well actually never mind keep that around because it's delicious and you do not want to waste a good ice cream, and stop cry singing to that 1975 hit by Eric Carmen/Covered by Celine Dion. I am here to tell you how to make Valentine's Day (Single's Awareness Day) tolerable and in fact lets make it even fun because really who doesn't love a good pick me up kind of day?

Breakfast

They call it the most important meal of the day for a reason. With Valentine's Day just basically being a day about chocolate and sweets I suggest you start it out with a doughnut. Mainly a Krispy Kreme or any huge doughnut chain doughnut due to this fun fact.

Heart shaped doughnuts are going to be a big thing at any doughnut store you go to, so buy three (because one doughnut is not enough) and enjoy not only the satisfying treat but also the ability to break it in half as you evil laugh at the thought of not having to share this with anyone.

(Gasp) A present? For me!!!!!!

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure why some people get presents on this day that aren't related to the actual holiday. However, that doesn't mean you can't take part in this gift giving as well. A couple days before Valentine's day be money conscious and buy that one thing you want online. Make you sure you do some over dramatic excited faces to trick everyone into thinking you didn't actually know you were receiving this gift. Look to Taylor Swift for some inspiration on how to make this face.

Let's watch a movie but no kissing stuff ok.

I love a good romantic film as much as the next person. However, when I'm feeling at my loneliest, watching to people adorabley fall in love is the last thing I want to see. Sorry Princess Bride but you will not be on viewing list February 14th.

Instead here is a list of some great films to enjoy to almost make you forget what day it is.

1. Star Wars- A New Hope: There is almost zero romance in this and it's my classic go to nerd film

2. Deadpool: Yes I know its got some romance plot to it but there's so much epic violence in it that you kind of forget about it.

3.Finding Nemo: If you need a good cry, this is the one to use it on, and it won't be about being single.

4.The first three Harry Potter films

Dessert Time

Next to breakfast, dessert is another big deal of a meal on this day. Go for the messiest no judgement worthy dessert you can find and enjoy!


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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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How Art Can Help You Take Care Of Yourself

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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

The exploration of art and the artistic side of human nature is something that everyone has in them: it's written in our psychology. We have an entire side of our brain that is inclined toward feeling and abstract interpretation, so it's natural to assume that emotion and expression of art are intrinsically intertwined. Thus, experiencing art is a way to personally develop yourself, and can be an unfound way of finding out things about yourself.

Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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