I love a good love story. And that’s why I love nothing better than having a couple sit on my couch and tell me how their love story began. That simple question, “What’s your story?” brings smiles like no other as, in a split second, moments of their relationship pass by their eyes. The feeling of butterflies, the first kiss, the moment he knew she was the one. Hearing a couple tell their story tells you so much about who they are. So Ryan and I wanted to share our story too. From first crush to first day as Mr. & Mrs.
Part 1: When Boy Meets Girl
Part 2: Code Words & Crushes
Part 3: Class Rings & Field Trips
Part 4: A Christmas Gift
Part 5: The First Date Mistake
Part 6: Graduation Day
Part 7: Student IDs, Scantrons, & Schedules
Part 8: A Month Apart
Part 9: A Proposal
Part 10: I Now Pronounce You... Not Compatible
Part 11: Commencement
Part 12: A Lumpy Blue Couch
Part 13: Our Wedding Day
STUDENT IDS, SCANTRONS, & SCHEDULES
“I think this could work,” I told Ryan one September day of our sophomore year, pushing a neatly ordered schedule towards him. “If I take care of these credits during the summer, the rest of my schedule falls in line and I could graduate an entire year early.”
Ryan rubbed the back of his neck. “I just changed my major. I don’t know if I can do this.”
Originally, the plan had been just to graduate a semester early. I started my freshman year with a few credits in my pocket thanks to AP classes, and my major, Creative Writing, had one of the lowest credit requirements to graduate. With a full load every semester, finishing in 7 semesters was nothing. In fact, it seemed like a waste of tuition to stay for 8 semesters. And although Ryan had a higher credit requirement and used up his electives early on by switching his major a couple of times, we thought he could finish in 7 semesters as well.
The overachiever in me had pushed for more, and I had finally found the winning combination of classes that would allow me to graduate a year early.
But an accounting degree in 6 semesters looked difficult. We were already sophomores, and Ryan was only taking his 2nd accounting class. And yet a couple hours later, we had a plan together. With 3 accounting classes every semester, 1 over the summer, and special permission to take some of the classes out of order, Ryan could graduate early as well.
“These classes don’t actually build on each other,” Ryan explained. But I was still a ball of nerves when he had his meeting with the registrar. We both knew that this decision determined a lot for our future.
And somehow, it worked out. When Ryan walked into his appointment and said “I have to graduate next May,” the registrar should have looked at his records and said it wasn’t possible. He had no good reason to make exceptions for Ryan, and yet he did.
And we both knew what that meant… a proposal was coming!