photo by Nate Stetson
Research shows that only 2% of marriages are between high school sweethearts. Given this staggeringly low statistic, what do North Allegheny teachers think about finding love in high school?
Alexis Franczyk, Reporter
"I don’t think it is irrational for a teenager to believe that they can find their soulmate in high school, but I do think it is improbable. Someone once told me in regard to finding the person you are destined to be with: “It is not so much who as it is when.” While this sentiment may sound a bit unromantic, timing truly is everything. Even if two soulmates find each other at an early...
"Is it possible? Absolutely, it's possible. I believe the percentages are pretty low, but why not? You guys can raise the percentages."
"I do not think it is irrational for high school students to think they found their soulmate. I am friends with several “high school sweethearts” who are married today. They may have broken up a time or two, but eventually they ended up married happily ever after."
"I think anything is possible but I always tell my students that high school is a better place to find the members of the wedding party rather than their bride or groom! I also advise them to follow their own path and not just choose a college based on their current love interest. High school and college is a great time to get your ducks in a row, get a good job, learn to manage your money and...
"It's not irrational - I know multiple happily married couples who started dating in high school. However these couples are the exception, not the rule. I think it's wise to acknowledge the low probability of high school relationships lasting long-term."
"I don't necessarily think it's "irrational" for high schoolers to find their soul mate in high school, but I think the chances are awfully slim. I know of at least three happily married couples my age who have been together since high school, but most people my age don't even speak to their high school girlfriend/boyfriend. I don't think it hurts to hope, so long as you have a dose of reality."
"It's not irrational -- everybody finds happiness at different stages of their life. Who cares when people find happiness? Who am I to judge? I'm not here to judge other people's happiness. Everyone has different things in different stages of their life. I know it's not funny, but that's what I believe."
"I don't think there is any reason why you couldn't meet a soulmate at a young age. However, I am careful about the word "soulmate" because it can imply that relationships only require finding the right person and miss the part where two people develop a good relationship through communication and hard work. So, even if you did meet your soulmate in high school, you will need to take care to continue...
"That’s a tough question! My initial reaction is to say yes because I think teenagers are still developing physically, mentally and emotionally and have not had enough real life experiences to know what love truly is. “Real life” is quite different from the high school bubble that teenagers live in. They have yet to experience the bigger world around them. On the other hand, I have two sets of...
"I don’t think that it’s irrational. I actually know people who married their high school “sweetheart”. However, I do urge anyone who thinks that they are in love to be cautious and go slow."