It’s Valentine’s Day here at Rochester Institute of Technology, and you don’t have a special someone to spend it with. Don’t fret, spend this February 14th loving yourself, and engaging in self care. We’ve put together a list of ways to engage in self-love this Valentine’s Day!

Practice mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is one of the best ways to relax, and put your mind at ease. Practicing mindfulness can be done in a variety of ways. Whether you find a calm and quiet place on campus to sit and reflect, or lay down on your bed and think about life, mindfulness can be achieved by anyone!

Clean out your closet

Cleaning out your closet is an easy way to feel refreshed, and rejuvenated. While people constantly stress the importance about keeping your space clean, many forget that this includes your closet! For most of us, our closets act as a place where we throw stuff that we don’t know what to do with. Take today to clean yours out.

Treat yourself

If there is one day that you can justify treating yourself, it’s Valentine’s Day! Go get a massage, eat some chocolate, or binge-watch one of your favorite shows on Netflix. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to do all of these things, so go ahead, and treat yourself!


Spend time with your friends

If you don’t have a special someone this Valentine’s Day, fill the day with other special people in your life. Friends are a great way to distract yourself from negative thoughts. So this Valentine’s Day, go out to eat or see a movie with some friends!

Bake something

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to bake something! What’re you craving? Brownies? Cupcakes? A cake? There are plenty of places here at RIT where you can buy ingredients. Visit Crossroads, the Corner Store, or the Market at Global Village to find everything you may need.


Light a candle (as long as you’re off campus!)

Lighting candles is perfect for aroma therapy, or for setting a calming ambiance in your immediate environment. Candles are a great way to de-stress, and unwind. Purchase candles at Shop One, located in the Global Village Plaza. Just make sure that if you light candles, you are not in on-campus housing!

Turn off social media

Turning off social media, for at least a day, can be extremely refreshing. It’s amazing how much time you save when you aren’t staring at a screen! Use the time you save reading a book instead.


Visit Henry’s

Henry’s is a dining location located on the fourth floor of Eastman. Many RIT students and faculty don’t even know that this dining location exists! Every Valentine’s Day Henry’s hosts a three-course festive meal, and the best part, they accept dining dollars! Use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to indulge in a gourmet meal right here on campus.

Do something nice for another person/people

Doing something nice for another person can be done any day, at any time. Whether you volunteer somewhere on Valentine’s Day, buy a friend a cup of coffee, or compliment a stranger, you’ll immediately feel the gratification from being kind to another!

Get in a good workout

Want to know what will put you in a good mood? Releasing some endorphins at the Student Life Center! The SLC will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, so if you have time, swing by for a quick workout!


As Valentine’s Day approaches, don’t feel like you need a special someone to have an amazing day. Putting some time aside for yourself is extremely important to do everyday, but February 14th is the perfect excuse to try it out! Have a guilt-free day as you engage in your own self-love!

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