Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a college sophomore.
Q: Will I get to keep all of my friends after college and when I get married?
A: Probably not, and not because of anything sinister. Just like after high school, people tend to drift apart because they move to different places or because interests change. Getting married, and especially having children, introduces a new set of demands and priorities. The good news is you will meet new people with similar interests through work and day care. And, sometimes your friends don't always get along with your significant other.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...