Hannah Whitley Hannah Whitley

I was hit with an unexpected jolt of reality when grocers began setting up their Valentine’s Day displays two weeks ago. All of a sudden I was faced with dozens of sugary sweets and pink beverages calling my name, manipulating my basic human desire for heart-shaped chocolates and my realistic food budget. Having hid behind the hustle and bustle of midterm exams, research papers and student employment, I was unprepared to admit that candy, cards, flowers and gifts would soon be exchanged amongst current and potential lovers. As a college student, I understand the struggle which may come with the desire to express your love through material items while simultaneously staying under-budget. So whether you plan on celebrate “Galentine’s Day” with Leslie Knope and your besties, going out on the town with your S.O. or taking this February 14th solo – have no fear! Corvallis is abundant in local activities and events Oregon State students can take advantage to celebrate the day of love successfully and for a realistic price.

Hallmark cards not in your budget this Valentine’s day? Consider gifting your beloved a do-it-yourself declaration of love with a handmade card or letter- there’s nothing like getting a hand-written love note in the mail! Pinterest, Martha Stewart and Craft Zine are three great websites to visit for potential craft ideas. What about E-Cards? This year, Oregon State’s student organization Waste Watchers is providing OSU students with access to digital versions recycling-themed greeting cards which can be sent to loved ones via the web. E-Cards are located in OSU’s Campus Recycling Facebook page and can be found at this link: http://tiny.cc/recyclelove.

What about for the main event, you ask? What’s more sophisticated and romantic than a night out at the theatre! Invite your beloved even a group of friends to OSU Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank at Withycombe Hall’s Main Stage Theatre at 7:30 pm on Valentine’s Day. Performances run February 12-14 (at 7:30 pm) and February 22 at 2 pm; OSU students can purchase a ticket for $5 with their student ID. For tickets or more information about the showing, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at (541) 737-2784.

Not able to make it out on the 14th? The Crossroads International Film Festival will be screening movies each Sunday this February at the Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis. Admission is $6 per film and discounted festival Passports are also available! All proceeds to this event benefit Crossroads International Programs and an assortment of local community events.

Valentine’s Day on a college budget isn’t meant to be scary, it’s just another chance to be creative and take advantage of the many budget-friendly entertainment opportunities Oregon State and the Corvallis community has for students!

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