by Kaylon Jackson and Victoria Holloway
Kenzie and Brandon Brinkley dated for seven months, were engaged for four months, and got married on August 22, 2015.
Before they got married, Brandon, 20, was a sophomore international business major at Texas Tech and Kenzie, 22, was a recent graduate of Texas Tech.
The couple met at Redeemer church taking care of 2-year-olds in the nursery.
Brandon said he decided in high school he did not want to start dating until he was ready to get married. So when he and Kenzie started dating, he meant business.
“It was one of those questions of ‘Why wait? Why put it off two more years or one more year if this is really what we want?’” Brandon said. “So we decided that we would get married young and spend the rest of our lives together.”
When the couple was engaged, they said the financial responsibilities were their main concern of getting married young. Brandon said the greatest benefit of being married is that Kenzie loves him even with his flaws.
“I know that I’m messed up, but I know that Kenzie is going to love me despite those things and vis versa, so that’s really sweet,” Brandon said.
After Tech dropped international business as a major, Brandon decided to take a break from school and is currently a full-time intern at Redeemer Church, where he and Kenzie met.
Kenzie graduated from Tech in May and is now a first-year physical therapy student at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
She said she did not want to be naïve about the financial responsibilities of marriage, but even considering the possible difficulties, they saw being married to each other as worth it.
Since the couple has been married, Kenzie said the primary challenge she faces is balancing time between studying and being with Brandon.
However, she said he provides stability and encouragement that helps her through the hardships of graduate school.
“He’s really been here to serve me, and that’s been a big help while I’ve been in school,” Kenzie said. “He’s helped with cooking and meals and things on the side.”
Through the first two months of marriage, the couple said they have learned a lot and grown as individuals and together.
“(Marriage) takes a lot of sacrifice and selflessness,” Kenzie said. “To make a marriage work is a lot of saying sorry and being willing to admit that I was actually wrong about something and talk through it and communicate.”
Jason Whiting, Ph.D., speaks on being married young. Whiting is an associate professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy department. He has been at Tech for eight years.