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Relationships with friends might change, but they're still worth holding on to.

Exiting the dating scene in college often means passing on girls' nights out that are better suited for the single life, and that's OK, but it was a total 180. I rarely saw my friends after I got married because spending too much time outside of the marriage felt like neglecting it. Now I know better. I wish I'd realized that maintaining strong friendships outside of my relationship would help me strengthen my sense of self, making me a better friend and an even better wife.

5 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me About Getting Married in College

I got married when I was 19 during my sophomore year of college. We both knew we still had a lot to learn about life and each other, but starting our family at that moment despite the chaos of student life just felt right. He was (and is) and amazing man, and I knew in my heart that it was the right decision for us. Today we have two kids and are still building the life we always dreamed of having, but it definitely didn't come without a few hardships and lessons. As a young married woman in college, I faced unexpected challenges (and on the flip side, opportunities). I'm so happy with my decision and where I'm at now, but I do wish I had known these five things before saying "I do."

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