Back in those special years of 2003 to 2007 I was living in the beautiful, sunny St Andrews. Enjoying life at the seaside, taking part in various bizarre and ancient university traditions, and occassionally attending classes, writing essays and generally working my way towards earning my Master of Theology degree.
While hanging out in the aforementioned illustrious institution, there was a fun little statistic that went the rounds. Namely this: 1 in 3 St Andrews graduates marries another St Andrews graduate.
As it happens, amongst my particular group of friends there haven’t actually been all that many marriages. Some, obviously have (one good example would be my lovely friend, and third year flatmate, who got hitched to one of our classmates a mere two and a half months after graduation, and three years later they’re expecting baby number 2), but lots haven’t, choosing to find their spouses from outside the bubble. Which, I suppose boosts the odds of me being one of the one in three a little higher – though I’m a little at a loss to guess who the mystery fella might be.
Anyway, looks like we can chalk up today’s news as another win for Scotland’s first, and seemingly most romantic, university as two of the more famous ex-St Andreans announce upcoming nuptials:
“The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton. The wedding will take place in the Spring or Summer of 2011, in London. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. Prince William has informed The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton’s father. Following the marriage, the couple will live in North Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force.” Courtesy of Clarence House
Well done them. And well done St Andrews for having so much love in the air.
In summary: still wondering whether I’ll be one of the 1 in 3 or one of the 2 in 3.