Hi mimi_3 (Salams),
I was just like you at your age, however I waited about 6 yrs after and got married. Believe me, it's not all what it seems. I thought I will get married 'n fall in love with a nice Muslim guy. However, I suggest.. whoever you get married to:
- Make sure the other person wants to marry you as much as u do to them
- If you are a Muslim, I suggest no matter how hard it is to tell your parents, tell them & have Nikah done first. Don't do anything stupid and elope (the last thing you want is to be disowned by your parents). Thank Allah, I never had to go through that considering my parents are strict.
- you won't know the other person's expectations until you live with them.. so, you have to make it clear that things will not distract you from studies (ie. work, cooking, housework, personal life with partner etc...).
I was working almost 50 hours a week in a job, studying @ university part time and cooking and doing house-work. It's not hard if are use to it... but can get a little tiring, especially if you are living with in-laws to start off with.
I wish you all the best in your decision, I personally can see why you think ur parents will react in a negative way (because of your age and their expectations for you to complete studies first); however, I can see where you are coming from too... if you are like me, you fear the Lord and don't want to live in any kind of sin right?
If you answered 'yes' to my last question, then if you think you are mature enough to make the decision of marriage, then you are mature enough to explain this to your parents. You might be suprised, they may be greatful you show much respect towards our religion in that way, therefore, they'll realise that you respect them too.
All the Best with your decision, may Allah Almighty give you Guidance and Patience.