My name is Christina Best and this is my love story…
During the summer of 2008 I served as a preview and orientation guide for Mount Union College (now the University of Mount Union). I was responsible for leading and forming connections with a small group of admitted students during a summer “preview” event that introduced them to the College. During one of these sessions my soon-to-be husband, Jesse Meade, was assigned to my group. I thought he was cute but that was as far as my interest went.
I majored in media studies at Mount Union. I found out that Jesse was also intending to pursue a journalism degree when I began seeing him at media-related organizational meetings. Needless to say, I saw him a lot and we developed a casual friendship. We both held leadership positions at our student-run radio station, WRMU, during the 2009-2010 academic year. I worked up the courage to ask Jesse if he wanted to co-host a radio show with me and he agreed. Our show was called “Monday Night Varieties,” and we played indie, alternative, and modern rock. During our three semesters as co-hosts we became close friends, and that friendship evolved into a relationship by the end of 2010.
I am truly in love with my best friend. He is my advocate when I am too hard on myself. He understands my flaws (of which there are many), and loves and accepts me anyway. He is nurturing, kind, selfless, and patient. On November 23, 2012 (Black Friday, of all days) he surprised me at work (H&M at Beachwood Mall) and proposed to me. We are aiming to have our wedding during either April or May of 2014.
In addition to planning a wedding I am preparing for my post-graduation life. I am currently a graduate student at Kent State University, and I am enrolled in the Journalism and Mass Communication program. I will be graduating in May, and, in the fall, Jesse will be starting law school. He will be moving out of Ohio no matter which school he chooses, and I will be going with him. Before he begins school, there are a lot of decisions we will be making together as well as decisions I will be tackling on my own. I am finding it overwhelming to confront becoming an adult and getting married at the same time. I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up, and I do not know where to start with my wedding planning. In this blog I discuss topics related to planning a wedding and preparing for marriage and adulthood. I am hoping that my words will bring comfort to other young women who are both terrified and excited about the experiences that lie ahead in both their professional and personal lives.