Yep, it's that time of year again: registration! And as you may or may not know, after registration I hand out my Golden Star Award to students who have made a particularly troublesome, yet ridiculously entertaining, impact on my life. Past winners include the incompetent football player ("Um, I play football?") and the infamous "Limited Pants" girl ("Ohmygosh, did you get your pants from the Limited?!").
I am happy to announce this year's winner(s): Mr. & Mrs. "We-got-married-on-a-whim-but-thought-we-could-live-in-the-dorms-until-my-RA-found-out-and-reported-us-so-we-need-an-apartment-like-today." [Believe it or not, this is actually a different couple from the ones on "Early Marriage: A Rant Part II." It must be an epidemic.]
Here's the story:
I received a phone call from Student Development informing me that they have a couple who needed an apartment asap. One day over Christmas break this couple decided that they wanted to get married, so they went to the local courthouse and tied the knot. They figured they could save money (aka financial aid) if he continued to live in the dorm while she lived in an on-campus apartment. On move-in day, he showed off his shiny new wedding band to his RA who quickly informed him that married men aren't allowed to live in the dorms. Panic. Enter: me - Rental Property Manager slash marriage counselor.
I won't bore you with the nitty gritty details, but I basically had to explain everything to this couple including what I meant by "monthly rent," how a lease works, how to pay a utility bill, why they can't live in the dorm, etc. I still can't understand the need to get married so quickly - nor can I figure out why they thought living in a dorm while MARRIED was a good idea. Oh and did I mention that they're 18?
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. In-a-Rush; you are truly Golden Stars.