University graduate, 25, plans to marry former professor, 71 after 7 months of dating”

A 25-year-old university graduate has recently revealed she is going to marry her former professor, 71, after only seven months of dating.

Cameron Platt recently announced her engagement with English professor Lee Clark Mitchell.

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Cameron recently graduated with a masters degree from Oxford University.

The two met when Cameron took one of Lee’s classes five years ago as an undergraduate at Princeton University at the United States.

The couple has an age gap totaling 46 years.

In a long Facebook post, she revealed her romance with the lecturer, acknowledging how “it might come as a surprise to many of you.”

“I was taking his lecture course on Henry James and William Faulkner,” she wrote.

“Lee was little more than a stranger to me then, but he captivated me with his brilliance, sensitivity, and passion.

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“His lectures changed forever the way that I think.”

Cameron shared how that by the time she had graduated, Lee had evolved into a “devoted mentor.”

She then spent two years at Oxford but admitted how she often thought of her former professor.

“I was surprised to find how much I still thought of Lee — and soon I understood that I felt something for him that I’d not fully acknowledged before,” she shared.

“At the end of my two years in Oxford, after much reflection, and with encouragement from my wonderful friends, I resolved to shoot my shot.”

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The two went on their first date to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, last September.

Other than the fact that Lee did not know it was a date, they both acted like “shy teens, eager but tentative” and were “unsure of how to test new boundaries with each other.”

“At last, to our amazement, we broke through.” Cameron continued.

“Something then sprouted from a seed that neither of us had known that we’d planted, and we realized that the force of feeling that we’d long had for each other and called by other names (admiration, wonder, devotion, gratitude) held within it the hope and the potential for love.”


And according to Cameron, while they are at a “different stages of life,” they are in love and decided to make their relationship one for the books with an engagement ring.

Princeton has additionally confirmed that Lee is on academic sabbatical currently.

Those couples with a big age gap (ten-years and higher) usually experience social disapproval according to multiple studies.

And when people in age-gap relationships believe their family, friends and wider community disapprove of their union — then relationship commitment decreases while the risk of break-up increases.

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But when it comes to our own relationships, both men and women prefer someone their own age but are open to someone 10-15 years their junior or senior.

According to The Conversation the success of a relationship “..depends on the extent to which partners share similar values, beliefs and goals about their relationship; support each other in achieving personal goals; foster relationship commitment, trust and intimacy; and resolve problems in constructive ways. These factors have little do with age.”

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