Chloe Ruffennach | firstname.lastname@example.org | Lifestyle Staff Writer
Being single on Valentine’s Day is often regarded as negative or embarrassing. It can be especially difficult for those fresh out of a relationship to see those heart-shaped chocolate boxes and bouquets of flowers at the grocery store. However, it does not need to be a dower day and even though you might feel lonely on February 14th, you are far from it.
It does not come as a surprise to many that younger generations are becoming less inclined to date and marry. With millennials increasingly opting to fly solo, the stats are in the favor of those who are single. It might seem as though everyone around you is coupled up, but according to a 2016 Gallup study, 59 percent of millennials are single and have never been married. It is therefore not uncommon for most to sit out Valentine’s Day or to ditch the candlelight and roses to celebrate the holiday in an alternative way.
Being single does not necessarily mean that you need to observe the festivities from the sidelines. The idea that you have to experience a loveless Valentine’s Day simply because you are not in a relationship is absurd. Parks and Rec didn’t suggest having a “Galentine’s Day” for nothing. The love that you celebrate on February 14th does not have to be exclusively romantic. Inviting close friends to hang out is an excellent way to avoid overthinking your single status. Whether it is a trip to the movies, a dinner or just inviting your friends over for some pizza, surrounding yourself with friends that you love can be just as entertaining and fulfilling.
Treating yourself to a gift that you’ve wanted for a while can also be an independent way to celebrate the holiday. You do not need to rely on a significant other to get you chocolates or jewelry. Perhaps a solo dinner while engaging in some retail therapy is the best way for you to spend your Valentine’s Day.
There is no shame in treating yourself on Valentine’s Day, just as there is no shame in choosing to not celebrate it altogether. Perhaps you are jaded toward the holiday, which would be fairly unsurprising given the rather commercial and overstimulating way the holiday is marketed to us. It is okay to walk right past those bright pink and red isles at the grocery store.
The only thing that is not okay to do on February 14th is feel bad for yourself because there is absolutely no reason to. Relationships are difficult and not being in one might make you feel isolated and as if you are the odd one out. Yet Valentine’s Day does not have to be a designated day to pity yourself and your singleness. You can embrace alternative celebrations or bypass the holiday altogether. It can be whatever you choose to make it. Regardless, treat yourself to whatever feels right for you on Valentine’s Day.
Haylee Followell | email@example.com |Associate Editor
By now, #newyearnewme and the throwback Instagram stories are piling up. There is something inspiring about the beginning of the new year, though. While it is important to self-reflect regularly, for some people (including myself) we need the new year to wipe the slate clean. This is the year we kick butt and take names, whether that be academically, socially or mentally. Here are five ~free~ apps that will help put you on the right track. Continue reading 5 Apps to Help Get Your Sh*t Together This Year
Jacob Durbin | Staff Writer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Freeform, owned by the Disney—ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company, contributes to the Christmas season by hosting their “25 Days of Christmas” movie marathon. The lineup has varied over years, with several movies acting as regulars in the lineup and some that have exited the stage for the time being. FANGLE is here to help with what’s hot and what’s not this Christmas season. Continue reading On The 12th Day of Christmas, Freeform Gave to Me…
Kailee Missler | email@example.com | Culture Staff Writer
Spending Halloween in Athens is well-known around the United States and is an iconic weekend for Ohio University students. The city’s population triples in size and in previous years, the block party has had nearly 30,000. Continue reading Halloween Do’s and Don’ts
Earl Hopkins | Culture Section Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Amid the chain of sexual assaults and rape allegations that have emerged on Ohio University’s campus since the start of the school year, the Athens community has been on edge. Continue reading It’s On Us, Bobcats! What You Need to Know About Ohio University’s New Organization
Rachel Mark | | email@example.com
When I first stepped foot on campus for my second year at Ohio University, I never would have imagined that my email would be flooded with warnings from the Ohio University Police Department about multiple rapes and even a kidnapping. Within a small span of two weeks, four rapes were already reported. I really tried to not think about the assaults that have occurred but have gone unreported and unnoted. Continue reading Ohio University’s Greek Life Response to Sexual Assault
Jacob Durbin | Staff Writer | firstname.lastname@example.org
September 10, 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day. In this day and age, suicide and mental health are prevalent topics in our society. Suicide rates have increased over the last decade. For those who struggle with suicidal thoughts, there are resources available to them at Ohio University. For their friends and loved ones, there are numerous ways to reach out and offer help.
We are a family here at FANGLE. We understand how difficult living with a mental illness can be. If you think you or someone you know, is depressed or suicidal, please reach out. You are not alone. Continue reading Ending It is Not the End: World Suicide Prevention Day