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By Cayla Woodburn

College graduates are leaving campus with more than a diploma these days.

Many young adults are graduating college, receiving a diploma and getting married. While marriage can be a wonderful part of life, young couples rarely take the time to examine the full commitment.

Many couples jump the gun and get engaged the day after graduation.

Weddings have a drug-like effect on recent graduates that causes them to rush into marriage. This is often because many of their peers are getting engaged or married right away.

Sometimes, this causes couples to force themselves into marriages with their current partner because it is the societal step after college.

While it is ideal to marry for love, young couples may not understand that marriage is more about finances than finding your one true love. The marriage license looks appealing, but it also comes with joint bank accounts, stress and your spouse’s debt.

There are countless aspects that come with being and having a spouse. Recent graduate couples get caught up in the fairytale of marriage and often fail to understand every piece of matrimonial duty before they put a ring on it.

Humans are naturally jealous beings. No one should feel left out because everyone else is getting engaged or married. Wanting to marry because of societal or peer pressure leads to settling which never has a happily ever after.

People also grow and change throughout life. No one is the exact same at 30-years-old as they were at 20-years-old. Personal development can cause tension in a marriage if the couple grows apart from one another.

The risk or divorce increases the younger people marry. Young marriages are challenging in modern society. There is a greater chance for success if the couples are members of the same religion or are surrounded by an uplifting network.

Rather than rushing into commitment after graduation, young adults should get married when the time feels right.

The odds are stacked against young couples and recent college graduates, so it is be best to consider every aspect of marriage before walking down the aisle.



An English Major’s Desk

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By: Thom Koester

“What are you going to do with an English degree?” If I could have a dollar each time I’ve been asked what I’m going to do with a major in English, I’d be able to pay for all my books. If you’d stretch that to count how many times I’ve been told that I won’t find a job with my degree, I would be able to pay for at least one year of tuition. Buzzfeed even wrote an article about it!


Why is that though? Just because I’m hoping to earn a degree in English doesn’t mean that I’ll end up being a waiter while I hope for my book to hit it big. This is a real issue with students who choose to major in English. When asked what we plan on doing after graduating, we haven’t a clue.

A degree in English helps to develop skills in written communication and to understand how language is used. These skills are what bring you everything from advertisements to the way twitter guides you through its setup. The point of majoring in English is to develop critical thinking skills and effective language use.

One option for English majors is a career in education. But for many, education is not an option for them.

In reality there are many qualities that English majors have that make them invaluable in the workplace. These qualities include: setting schedules, working under deadlines, communicating clearly, critical thinking and being able to write effectively.

Again, English majors can communicate effectively. Whether verbally or electronically, everyone uses words. Wouldn’t it be great to hire someone who’s a master?

Majoring in English isn’t a career death sentence. There’s a long list of notable English majors! Some of them are: Mitt Romney, Conan O’Brien, Mario Cuomo, Barbara Walters, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Steven Spielberg and the list goes on. A degree in English is an excellent stepping stone to law school or even business. It’s not worthless.

If you’re an English major and you have no clue what you are going to do with it after graduation, don’t worry! English Degrees open doors in many different careers, not just the ones we always hear about.

So the next time someone asks what me what I will do with a degree in English, I’ll smile and say I have no idea. Something will come up after all, that’s for sure.


    Flickr (CC) Photo by Moyan Brenn

For some, graduation is around the corner. Exams, sleepless nights, cramming and overcrowded dorms will finally come to an end. You spent all of those years getting an education, and you finally decide that enough is enough–let me learn more about myself!

Taking a year off after college can be beneficial to any students who are trying to find themselves in this world. Taking a year off gives students a chance to seek opportunities and gain interests that they might of not had time for as a full-time student.

Looking at the pros and cons of taking a year off will help students look at the benefits and problems associated with gap year.

Taking a year off does not mean sit at home and be couch potato all day. It simply means getting out there and exploring the world so that you gain personal experiences that you cannot get within the classroom.

Here are four activities you can explore during your gap year:

  1. Travel
  • Traveling will allow you to explore your surroundings.
  1. Save Money
  • Saving money will challenge you to make investments that will benefit you in the long run.
  1. Get a Job
  • Working during your gap year will help you with saving money, as well as get you prepared for the workforce.
  1. Look for an Internship
  • Finding an internship during your gap year will give you an opportunity to explore career opportunities.

Andrea Butler is a college grad who spent her gap year interning for a local newspaper company.  Although she told her mom she did not want to intern for a newspaper company–her mom insisted that she should. Since Butler wanted to gain experience in magazine journalism.

Despite Butler’s feelings towards her internship, she still learned from her experience.

“It ended up being good practice for graduate school later in my career,” Butler said. “If I could go back in time, sure, I’d do it again since it ended up being such good practice.”

Students who take initiative of their gap year by utilizing the resources around them can successfully prepare for any future job endeavors, as well as learn more about their interests. This was the case for Butler.

School experiences and real world job experiences are both different learning environments. Gaining experience outside of the classroom before entering into the workforce can be very helpful when preparing for success.

Your gap year will allow you to have something to talk about either in job interviews or in your personal life.

Your gap year will be your best year! Those exams, sleepless nights, cramming and overcrowded dorms were experiences of a lifetime during college, but now it’s time to recreate your experiences the way you’d like!