Books, brides and marriage: engagements before graduation

By on February 23, 2005

Little girls who grow up watching Cinderella dream that one day they will wear an elaborate white gown and live happily ever after with their prince charming.

As they grow into young women they never forget the plans they made for their fairy tale wedding – but when does the fairy tale become a reality?

For some college girls the fairy tale has already became a reality. College engagements and high school sweethearts seemed to be a romantic tale of the past, but in reality college students are wearing engagement rings.

In the United States between 2.25 and 2.4 million people are married each year. In 2000 the average bride was 24 years old and the average groom 28, according to wedding trivia on

Last weekend Jaclyn Rey, a sophomore public relations major, drove down to New Jersey to get ready for her best friend Katie Beth’s engagement party. She was also there to get fitted for a bridesmaid dress and have a trial run of hair and make up done. The previous weekend she attended her bachelorette party.

“All of our friends knew she would get married first,” Rey said, “but deep down I thought, is she ready?”

Katie Beth got engaged at the age of 19 and appropriately received the nickname “the 19-year-old bride.” Now 20, she will walk down the aisle in less than a month with her best friends from high school leading the way.

Julie Zitterkopf, sophomore pre-med and history major, feels strongly against getting married at a young age, mainly because back home in Nebraska people, “don’t see the big picture about what life has to offer,” Zitterkopf said.

In seventh grade, someone in Zitterkopf’s class had a baby. Since then numerous couples as early as high school have tied the knot and started families.

“There’s a big world out there, a lot life has to offer, and I intend to find it” Zitterkopf said. She is most concerned with getting good grades and becoming a cardiologist.

“What you want at 20 is completely different than what you want at 30 and 40. Marriage is about partners for a life time. I don’t think what you want at this age is a relationship forever,” Zitterkopf said.

Have you ever asked yourself what you would do if you met the one you are going to marry and knew in college that you wanted to be with this one person for the rest of your life?

“I know that we are young, but if you find the one, why not get engaged?” Jamie Kronenberger, junior biology major at the University of Rhode Island, said.

Kronenberger knows who she wants to be with for the rest of her life and decided to get engaged while she was in college.

“It’s really difficult for me because my fianc


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