Ashley and KC met the first night of Ashley's new student orientation at Stanford in the fall of 2004. After the Stanford band run, Ashley and her good friend Xandra decided to venture past their stranded dorm and into upperclassmen territory. There, Ashley met KC, a junior at the time, and they immediately hit it off.
Ashley ran into KC at various times throughout her first year, but it was not until spring quarter that the two spent a considerable amount of time together as lab partners in their Geology class. Ashley was certain KC only wanted to be her lab partner because he heard Ashley's mom was a geologist. Ashley was not about to tell him that unfortunately those genes did not run in the family. And KC was convinced Ashley only wanted to be his lab partner because he was in the middle of NCAAs and she thought he might be able to get extensions on their assignments.
Needless to say, their grade in geology did not reflect the amount of time they spent together as lab partners. They definitely took the professor's instructions seriously when he said, "work closely with your lab partner."