Wedding planning is essentially a full-time job. Mix that in with college and your schedule suddenly overflows. Among visiting wedding venues, cake tasting, and studying for an upcoming exam, you are always kept on your toes.
My husband and I got engaged in October of my junior year of college. Despite contrary belief, my experience of being engaged in college was well worth it and might I add––fun. On top of being newly engaged with a wedding to plan I had a full-time job to pay the bills, full-time school, and later added a PR internship in the Spring. Needless to say, my schedule was jam packed. Though, as an aspiring public relations professional, I am naturally organized, detail-oriented, a planner, and excel in time management. So I absolutely loved this time in my life. And you can too––being engaged in college doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s absolutely doable and can be an exciting experience. Here are a few tips I compiled to help make your life easier:
- Establish a good balance
As we all are aware of by now, mastering a healthy balance between school and a personal life is quite difficult––though, it’s crucial. If you aspire to have a flourishing career and marriage, you need to make sure you put time, effort, and energy into both. Don’t neglect one of them or focus too much on just one. I would recommend sitting down and figuring out when to study and when to spend time with your future spouse/wedding planning. Literally, write it out. It truly helps.
- Continue to focus on your studies
Don’t forget that you’re still in school. I won’t be the first to say that it’s tempting to surf Pinterest wedding boards instead of writing a paper. What helped me was setting aside designated times to solely wedding plan.
- Make time for your fiance
Yes, school is important but if I love anything more than PR, it’s my man. I carved
out special times to have marriage counseling and just enjoy being with each other––without school or wedding planning. Spending this quality time with each other somehow makes all the stress melt away and reminds you why you have this crazy schedule in the first place.
- Enjoy this special time in your life
This only happens once in your life, don’t overlook it. Slow down and focus on all the positive things. One of my favorite things of being engaged in college was that I always had a support system––and still do! And now that we’re married, after a long day of work or school, I get to look forward to coming home to my husband. That in itself is completely worth it.
Author: Emily Whorton
Emily Whorton is a PR professional living in the Caribbean with her husband and puppy, she enjoys eating lots of ice-cream and is currently travelling the world.