Mr. or Mrs. Right might be right under your nose

By Charles Bush
February 12, 2009

Hey ladies and gentlemen looking for love or a spouse? Well they might be right under your nose, here in college. Love comes in many different shapes and sizes and can be found in the strangest of places.

A number of students, like senior Andrew Pillar, have found their spouse in college, and if you ever had the privilege of meeting Pillar you already know he’s probably the happiest student on campus.

In college, you have so much time to spend with a significant other. Think about it; you see them everywhere from the cafeteria, the gym, in the dorms and in classes the list is endless. In return, this allows a lot of time to get to know someone and many would say that’s the most important aspect of being in love, knowing someone.

You get to know the other person’s laugh, their likes and dislikes, their favorite color and, in many student’s cases, you even learn their sleeping habits.

Now yes, all this is good, knowing one another and spending time together, but I believe love is much more than that. I believe love is more than just following around your mate like a lost puppy everywhere he or she goes.

Love, as cliché as this may sound, is like music. Meaning you have to know how to put all the notes together right. For instance, making conversation?the lyrics, laughter?the music, time spent together? the melody and composing it all in a way were it can be replayed over and over again without getting stale, that’s the key to the balance.

College also allows us to appreciate our mates more in return helping us grow.

With that being said, love is an amazing thing and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Love captures the heart, weakens the soul and allows us the opportunity to care about someone just as much as we care for ourselves. I think it helps us grow from boys to men ?no pun intended?and from girls to women.

When used right, love truly is an endless well of happiness.

I mean think about it, jobs, money, fame and material things?they all come and go. But true love doesn’t care about any of that, it’s there every hour of every day and when our lives have come and gone our love will be stamp in our hearts for all eternity.

However, with young love comes great responsibility and great risk. Many of us fall into the trap of falling in love and believing that it will last forever, you know, the Cinderella treatment, and yes, in a sense love does last forever.

Some people are blessed enough to find that connection and let it grow into everlasting love, like Pillar.

For others things sometimes turn sour, be it change from one person or the other.

This is understandable because we are in college and people are finding out new things about themselves everyday. So that person that you’ve been dating for a year might not be that same person a year from now.

It’s important that we understand that we shouldn’t resent them for it or be mad at them because of it. But instead embrace the memories and the fact that you shared something special and true, something that when you think about it brings a smile to your face knowing that you helped them grow into the person that they are today and that feeling, that love will always last forever.

So if you’re looking for love, a spouse or just a simple Valentine’s date then look no further than college. Love can very well be right in front of you everyday all you simply have to do is open your eyes.

Just remember the words of M. Night Shyamalan, “When we are led by love, there is no better reason to go on, for the world moves for love, it kneels before it in all.”

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