In the midst of mixed feelings on love and relationships over the Valentineâ€™s holiday, couples everywhere fret and worry about what flowers to buy or where to go to dinner, while singles worry about finding a date for their friendâ€™s party.
College students have the feeling that love is hard to find and keep.
For some couples, though, love came and is not going to pass. They are students already married.
Marriage can be a taboo subject for young people in college. Whether it be for financial reasons or for parental reasons, it is hard to get married young.
But Brooke Forwood, a junior photography major, has found that college and marriage with her husband Seth Forwood can coincide.
â€œI thought it was going to be really challenging to go from being engaged and living in a house with girls to getting married and living together, but for us it was such a natural transition,â€ said Brooke Forwood, 23.
Dan Cohen, a second-degree sophomore fish and wildlife biology major, found that marriage with his wife, Darcy, actually aided him with his studies.
â€œA lot more time is spent on school and with family, rather than hanging out with friends and trying to have fun. It is a lot more serious,â€ Cohen, 28, said.
According to the U.S. Census for Fort Collins, 21.6 percent of people 20 to 34 are married, and 97.4 percent of residents 18 to 24 are enrolled in college.
â€œCollege-educated couples are more likely to marry for companionship, love, and compatibility rather than for financial security,â€ according to the article â€œWant to be Happily Married? Go to College,â€ published in Newsweek.
Those without college degrees are 14 percent more likely to marry for financial security than those with college degrees.
â€œMarriage is a really good thing, and it doesnâ€™t have to be reserved for after college, that is if you are going in it for the right reasons, and that is commitment for life,â€ Brooke Forwood said. â€œThere is such an absence of that in todayâ€™s thinking and I have such a problem with that.â€
The difference between married college students and non-married college students lies in their priorities. Nick Wilson, 29, has been married to his wife Kate, assistant photography editor for College Avenue Magazine, since 2004 and has found that it eventually did change his social life.
â€œWhen you get married you realize that your values change a little bit, you donâ€™t always hang out with the crazier people,â€ said Wilson, a fish and wildlife biology major.
Though social life changes, it never dies. Cohen, Wilson and Brooke Forwood have all found that, though drinking parties are out of the question, they enjoy throwing dinner parties and attending birthday parties as well as Super Bowl and New Yearâ€™s Eve parties.
At the end of the day, spouses go home and see each other, fighting or loving. And Cohen made clear on the reason couples get married.
â€œWe love each other, and we knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, why not?â€
Logan Triesch is a staff writer for College Avenue magazine and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org._