Students ‘get married’ at the annual wedding ceremony in the virtual business class
Students of the Virtual Enterprise Regional Occupational Program were âmarriedâ as part of their one-year adult life simulation on September 24th.
âIn the virtual enterprise, [the students] pretend to be adults, âsaid VE coordinator Sarah McCance. “They have to buy a car, rent a house, buy a house and pay the bills, so that they have the option, if they wish, to get married so that they can share the household expenses and buy things together when they go. trade fairs. “
The wedding ceremony began with âHere Comes the Brideâ played through a loudspeaker. A groomsman and a bridesmaid walked down the aisle wearing rings and flowers with the engaged couple following in line. A wedding photographer also photographed the wedding and a wedding videographer filmed the event.
“I do [the marriages] every year. Last year was our first ceremony and it just keeps getting bigger every year, and it’s the first year that everyone is getting married, âsaid McCance.
After all the couples walked down the aisle, the âministersâ read the vows for each couple to repeat. After completing the vows, each ânewlywedâ placed a ring on top of each other and congratulated each other to commemorate their marriage, officially becoming virtual partners for life.
âYou are getting closer to this person because now you have to share your strengths and resources,â said Ryan Dang, junior and marketing associate. “I think it’s just to learn how to combine your resources with someone else and how to invest time and money in something new.”
Then the couples mingled at the wedding reception with each other and with the VE 1 students around the bowl. The students listened to music, enjoyed cupcakes and juices, and signed their marriage licenses.
“They just have to pay their marriage license and it’s deducted from their virtual bank account, but there are no other requirements. [to get married]”said McCance.
The newlywed couples also took wedding photos once they signed their marriage licenses.
âI think it’s a good bonding experience,â said Natalie Papazian, junior and director of human resources. âIt’s like a social event and the person you marry you bond with. I have heard stories of people who got married like random people last year and they have become very good friends.
To further simulate married adult life, couples share money. Students have to pay bills every month, and McCance creates unexpected events that force couples to work together.
“[Iâve done] plumbing issues and broken windows, so they have to work together like a real marriage and figure out what to do, âMcCance said. âIf the two don’t do their part and pay their bills properly, then they can get a divorce and pay their bills separately. “
Many couples have expressed their enthusiasm and look forward to the rest of the year.
âIt’s not true, but it’s a real connection,â said Theresa Lee, junior and marketing associate. “We will have more experience and a hand in marriage and taxes so that we are ready for the future.”