In recent years, the rate of marriage has been declining among young adults, ages 18-32, according to the Pew Research Center.
BYU-Idaho, however, seems to be immune.
Twenety-five percent of all students on campus are married, according to BYU-I 2015 Winter semester enrollment statistics.
Although getting married at a young age is a strong tradition on this campus, getting married in college can present challenges.
Kelsey Jensen, a senior studying social work, said that when she first came to college, she told herself she would not get married until after graduation.
Jensen and her husband have been married for seven months.
“I wanted to get married in college hard-core,” said Corbin Jensen, Kelsey Jensen’s husband and a junior studying automotive technology management. “I was just ready to start a family and be married.”
Kelsey Jensen said now that they are married, they have taken on more responsibility. Together, they juggle classes, work, an internship and teaching primary.
“We definitely see each other way less now that we’re married,” Kelsey Jensen said.
Corbin Jensen said they both work now, and when they get home at night, they usually just do homework until they go to bed.
“We’d stay out till curfew to see each other until the very last minute,” Kelsey Jensen said. “Now we go to bed at 10:30 because we’re old people.”
Corbin Jensen said that last semester, he and Kelsey Jensen were able to take a class together, and he liked that.
“It was nice to see her during the day,” he said.
Kelsey Jensen and Corbin Jensen both agreed that money has been the biggest stress in their marriage.
“His dad used to pay for his stuff, but now we have to pay for our own stuff,” Kelsey Jensen said.
Corbin Jensen said that once they get out of school and are able to work full time, money will not be a big issue.
Although waiting until after college to marry your loved one may not be the easiest decision, it may have some benefits.
Katie Beer, an alumna of BYU-I who has been married for two months, said she used to speculate students’ reasons for choosing when and why to get married, especially while they were in school.
“Now, being married, I’m embarrassed because I believe everyone has to make that choice on their own,” Beer said. “I do support being financially stable, living within means and having enough to save, and I support fully knowing the person and not rushing into it.”
Beer said that when she was in college, she was worried about being poor.
“I had a fear of not being able to support ourselves, a fear of having our parents support us,” Beer said. “I wanted to be independent.”
Beer said a pro of getting married after college, for her, was having a steady job and a way to start saving for marriage.
“We aren’t rich by any means, but we have enough for what we need now,” Beer said.
Kelsey Jensen said one adjustment she has made since being married has been not seeing her single friends.
Kelsey Jensen said before marriage, she only had single friends but after marriage, she suddenly had to become friends with a bunch of couples.
“I haven’t seen my single friends in forever, and that’s weird for me,” Jensen said.
Whether in college or graduated, Beer said she believes that everyone has their own time for marriage that is perfect for them.
“I think we got married at a good time,” Kelsey Jensen said. “It’s hard being married in college, but it’s like, the best thing ever. I wouldn’t change it.”
Beer said it took her a while to be ready for marriage and that she was naturally anxious about it.
“But I took a leap of faith because I knew it was right for me, and I haven’t looked back,” Beer said.