Why staying single these holidays is more beneficial

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It’s that time of year again, when Michael Bublé serenades our ears with Christmas songs and we fuel our Starbucks’ red cup addiction with the justification that it’s in the holiday spirit. We at the Clog are beyond excited that it’s finally socially acceptable to bring out our ugly Christmas sweaters, but we’ve also noticed that many students are beginning to feel the lures of the so-called cuffing season. With the weather cooling down and the end of the semester on the horizon, it isn’t surprising why many are looking for a significant other. But for those who don’t want the commitment or responsibilities of a relationship, we at the Clog have come up with five delightful reasons on why it may, in fact, be better to stay single these holidays.

Everyone loves a good Starbucks Peppermint Mocha or Chestnut Praline Latte from time to time, but as the weeks of late-night studying and colder weather begin to sink in, constantly buying these drinks can really add up. Add on those coffee dates and you’re probably wishing you invested in a coffee machine with all those extra meal points. But now, instead of buying two drinks for you and you partner, you can buy two drinks all for yourself. Trust us, if you walk into lecture holding two red cups instead of the generic one, everyone will be jealous of your clever resourcefulness.

With Halloween over and Thanksgiving coming to pass very soon, the holiday season is in full swing, and you’ll need to start planning. And while we love (the idea of) snow, hot chocolate and receiving presents, it also means that we have to begin worrying about buying the perfect gift for family and friends. And the hardest gift idea you’ll probably have to come up with is the one for your significant other. Staying single means you’re one present less stressed and your bank account is thanking you, too. Secret Santa gifts for all your end-of-semester club dinners is already enough of a hassle.

While we dream of the holidays arriving quicker, it also means that we have to get through the final wave of midterms and essays, and of course, our dreaded finals. Once Thanksgiving break is over, time is never on our side. It isn’t long before the end of classes and RRR week fast forward themselves into exam period. It’s crunch time, and with most of us hauling up in Main Stacks with our books and a blanket, we barely even get to see our friends.

Now imagine you also have a significant other who also requires part of your attention. Dividing your time up between studying, dealing with other responsibilities, hanging out with friends enough to see the light of day and sleeping adequately, is already a trickier task than planning your schedule on CalCentral. Don’t miss out on getting that A because you didn’t have time to finish a reading.

We at the Clog are pleased to inform you that staying single these holidays will add more benefit than disappointment to your life. And who knows, at least this leaves the possibility to meet that special someone under the mistletoe.

Contact Jenisha Sabaratnam at [email protected].

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