Banish Single Self Pity This Holiday Season

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Just because you're alone, there's no reason to be down.

In the last year, it seems as though being single has been my specialty. While flings and hookups have come and gone (pun intended) and dates have left me with some less than desirable memories, my current single status has remained loyally by my side. I've learned a lot in the past year and I've discovered that single girls around the world are all in the same fabulous pair of shoes. College Candy: It's Only Romantic The First Time You Go Back

So if you're sick of sitting at a table for one, eating a meal portioned for two, I cordially invite you to join The Single Girl Society, where being single is more than status, it's a lifestyle. Of course, with everything in life, the single girl lifestyle comes with rules and I've picked up quite a few along the way. So kick back, grab a drink and let the lessons I've learned serve as your very own roadmap to transitioning to and enduring the single life.

Now that the Winter-Break-calm-after-finals-hell storm has settled in and you've caught up on all your laundry and CW dramas, grab a spiked hot apple cider and all your single ladies for the next lesson of single life. College Candy: 6 TV Shows To Catch Up On Over Break

Lesson 3: Don't feel sorry for yourself over the holidays!

Of course it would be amazing to magically wake up this Christmas morning in the arms of a Ryan Gosling clone to mimosas for breakfast with a side of the newest Marc Jacobs handbag as the first of many gifts to come. But if your holiday season is shaping up to be anything like mine, the heartwarming scene of breakfast and a boyfriend in bed is not likely this year. But there's no need to feel sorry for me or for yourself—instead appreciate the silver lining and be glad you don't have to stress over another gift to buy.

As your attached girlfriends drag you to the mall to help them pick Christmas presents for their significant others for the third time this week, it's easy to feel singled out(Pun intended). I've been there. So after the mall you go home, crank the Mariah Carey Christmas album and intermittently sob while you sing the lyrics to "All I Want For Christmas Is You." College Candy: Gossip Cheat Sheet: Holiday Love

Oh wait, that's just me?

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Written by Anjil - University of Texas at Austin for College Candy