Gerhard and Jennifer Schoning before their wedding. Photo by David Robertson Photography.

Gerhard and Jennifer Schoning before their wedding. Photo by David Robertson Photography.

The science of love

When JENNIFER SCHONING (nee Clarke), BSc (Hons) '12, BBiotech '10 met Gerhard Schoning, BSc (Hons) '13 on the first night of O-Week, no-one knew it was a match made in heaven. That is, apart from the group of friends they had in common, as Jennifer explains.

In the summer of 2007, having recently returned from an extended jaunt overseas, I pledged myself to singleness as I started my undergraduate degree.

I also pledged a life of geeky studiousness.

At least one of these pledges lasted only a few weeks.

One day soon after O-Week, a gorgeous blue eyed man came up to me before a chemistry class and said "Hi, remember me?" I didn't remember him at all but said "yes" anyway, only putting all the pieces together a few minutes later.

I'd met him through friends on a raucous O-Week night out.

In the next lecture I asked if I could be his chemistry buddy, which was a very smooth move, if I do say so myself. It turned out we had many friends in common, somehow meeting each other just hadn't happened until then.

Soon I found out we had exactly the same birthday (to the hour) and our families new each other back in Germany - I should have married him there and then.

Dating at ANU was delightful.

We attended classes together, we lived about 15 minutes apart and drove to campus together and also worked together part time in a pharmacy in Weston Creek.

Both Canberrans, we knew the same people, we moved in the same circles, we had similar dreams.

At the end of my third year, common sense prevailed and we got married. 

Studying together served us in good stead for marriage.