MARRIAGE: Before, during and after college

While some students are casually dating, others are planning their weddings.

Some students think they will find your soulmate during your college years, however, can marriage be a distraction toward school or will it help you by having that consistent help.

Married life may be challenging to some because most married people typically hang around other married couples. In college, this may hinder your social life.

Dating while in college may put some at risk for missing certain opportunities for their career. While one may want to leave the significant other to study abroad, some may not want to attend an internship for the summer because it may put their relationship in jeopardy.

“I missed out on a great internship while in a previous relationship with my now ex-boyfriend,”  Ashley Collins, education major at Florida A&M University, said.

Staying focused on graduating is ideal, but the risk of losing your significant other is scary for some. All that time use to build a relationship could disappear quick.  

“Now I wish I would have taken that opportunity because were not even together anymore,” Collins said.

Kenard Stevens, who has been married for four months, said times were harder after college.

“We thought we had hard times while away from each other, but once we both graduated and moved in those hard times got worse,”  Stevens said.

Some people jump for the joy of commitment, but ultimately feel like they are missing out on the joy of being young, wild and free. One reasons for attending college is to get away from your parents so you can have freedom.

Couples who marry young are drawn to the idea of happily ever after. Most do not even think of the worst can happen to their marriage.

According to, marrying between the ages of 14-18 causes twice the rates for divorce than the person who waits until their late 20’s.

Being in relationships at a young age can cause people to lose themselves because they are always trying to please the opposite partner. They believe that it’s their duty to keep the opposite person’s happiness before them.

No one can tell you the right age you need to be before you get married, but you should consider all possibilities whether they’re good or bad.