Lauren and Peter worked very hard during their Junior and Senior Years (respectively). Lauren’s was Peter’s “secret weapon” on everything from finishing a final paper for a class on energy to serving as a photographer in the National Archives. Peter’s senior year culminated in a weeklong sprint to finish his thesis, during which he memorably took over the Dunster Computer Lab and played (with no headphones) the final music from the Gladiator soundtrack on repeat (it was a rough night). Meanwhile, Lauren was finishing up her second trimester at Oxford and had resolved that, instead of doing the PPE curriculum, that she would focus on economics and mathematics somewhere else as part of her study abroad.
But first, Peter and Lauren decided to celebrate the end of thesising and Oxfording by going on a European adventure. After meeting up in Heathrow, Peter and Lauren spent several days in Paris. Both of them fell in love with the City of Lights, surprised by the welcome (!) reception they received from Frenchmen. After exploring museums and taking a trip up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, they had to bid adieu to a wonderful several days on the Seine and prepare to head off to Vienna. While it rained all during their time on the Danube, Lauren’s find of an amazing, palatial room in the middle of the central city helped make the two’s time enjoyable.
After a short trip to London, Peter and Lauren parted ways again – Peter, for the final weeks of Harvard; Lauren, for a quarter at UCSD while she lived with her grandmother in Oceanside, CA.