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Tying the knot college style: As the trend of marrying later in life continues, some UNK students take the road less traveled
Jessica Huebert
Antelope Staff

Whether it’s finding a cute guy or girl in math class or hanging out with someone who lives on the floor above them, college students spend more than a fair share of their energy seeking relationships, with some lasting much longer than others.

Marriage may seem like an event in the distant future for many students, but for some of their peers, being a Mr. or Mrs. is reality.                                                                                                                                   

Emma Edwards, a senior business administration major from Omaha, met her husband, Sebastian, a senior biology major from Arapahoe, while they were both freshmen living in Mantor Hall in 2006. He proposed in September of 2008.

“We were on a picnic at Pioneer Park in Lincoln. I had no idea what was going on until he was down on one knee,” Edwards said. “The fact that we’re still in school had nothing to do with our decision to get married. My husband plans to go to medical school and I am planning to become a physician’s assistant, so we both have several years of school left, and we support each other in our educational plans and career goals.”                                                                                        

According to the 2003 U.S. Census Bureau, while college attendance has increased 55 percent over the past 30 years, the number of married college students has remained at 7 percent.

The trend over the past few decades has seen people getting married later in life, closer to their 30s. It’s true that it may be tougher these days to be married younger. Students’ lives are filled
with classes, homework, organizations, jobs, friends, sports and many other activities. There is so much going on that many married students complain of not having enough time to spend with each other.                                                                                                                                   

Plain and simple, being a married student is hard.

"You just have to make time for each other,” said Amanda Davidson, a married senior education major from McCook. “Sometime during the day, you have to make each other a priority, even when you feel like you have no time.”                                                                                                                                                

Davidson, who commutes two hours from McCook to Kearney three days a week for classes, has been married since she was 19.                                                                                                               

It’s not all tough times, though. There can be some financial perks in young marriage.                      

“Instead of paying two rent bills, two electric bills and so on, we can now split these expenses,” Davidson said. “Aside from that, there is only one grocery bill, and the financial aid is much better.”                                                                                                                                   

Through everything, both Edwards and Davidson are very happy with their decisions to make commitments to the ones they love and tie the knot. Even through the hard times, they both agree that it was definitely worth it.

“We do get people who say, ‘Oh you’re so young. You have your whole lives ahead of you,’ and things like that, but it wasn’t too long ago that being 21 and married wasn’t a big deal,” Edwards said. “You do need to have a certain maturity level, and it’s not for everyone, but it was for us.”


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