Getting married will not cause a problem. You can wait for the OPT or you can file an application to adjust your status to permanent resident upon marriage. If you want to work outside of your field I would consider getting the EAD through the marriage petition.
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I don't see any issue with getting married from what you've told us. You can file the green card application after marriage. It would make sense to file for an EAD at that time so that there are no restrictions on your employment.
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I see no problems ... especially if you and your bride hire an attorney to help with the process.
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I don't see a problem with status if you were to marry your USC boyfriend. You can file to adjust status. I would file the I-765 as this one would be unrestricted.
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