In the past year, social media has exploded with engagements between Winthrop students on campus.
After interviewing several couples on their experience with attending school and also getting engaged and getting married, every one of them agrees that balance is the key to planning their futures and continuing to pursue their lives individually, and also, together. Of course, there is the excitement! As Cody Porter, a senior Winthrop student, expresses, “In my opinion, being engaged while in college is great!… I feel like every day since we have moved back onto campus, I have someone congratulate me on my engagement.”
However, after the initial excitement, there is still the reality of dealing with both marital and academic stresses. While explaining the difficulty of trying to plan two hours away from campus at her home and working through school, Stephanie Vieweg, a senior Psychology student, says that “it’s rewarding to learn how to balance the two. It’s given us many opportunities to learn to communicate and help one another.” Her fiance Hunter adds that “it can be slightly stressful at times, but for the most part, it’s incredible!”
Vieweg’s friend, Aaron Parris, a senior Teaching Fellow, extends her experience with balancing school and her engagement as a reflection of how adult life will be in the future. She explains that real life is a big balancing act, and embraces the challenges. She says, “let the adventures begin!”
Based on their experiences and advice, embracing these challenges are the key to enjoying both one’s marriage and college career.