If you are married and in college, you’ve probably heard this line before, “You are missing out on the true college experience!” That is not entirely true. The first question we must answer is, what is the true college experience? The great thing is, there is no wrong answer. The college experience is entirely up to you as an individual.
Many seem to believe the real college experience is going to a club every Thursday night, getting drunk, joining a fraternity or a sorority, and making stupid mistakes you will regret later. But who cares? That is the true college experience, right? Wrong. It is a question that can only be answered by you. To some, the true college experience could be graduating with a 4.0, being valedictorian, and landing a successful job right out of college. To others, it could be simply figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life, and learning how to apply the right tools to make it happen.
If you are married and in college, your college experience will be unique and different, just as everyone else’s is. Being married and in college does not make you strange or unusual and should not place you in a different category than others regarding having a college experience. Your college experience is what you make of it; if you are married, your experience will probably include learning to balance a job to support your spouse while maintaining good grades in school, and balancing your time so you do not end up neglecting your spouse.
Being married in college can be a great thing and can help you and your spouse grow even closer as a couple. Remember, you are not missing out on your “true college experience”; you are living it right now!