Bonnies always talk about knowing everyone on campus, but that wasn’t the case for C.J. Maurer, ‘08, ’09, and Lindsay Krug, ‘08, ’09.
According to Lindsay, “It was our last semester senior year, I thought I knew everyone on campus, or at least everyone in my class. It turns out I didn’t.”
“Mutual friend Ryan Powers introduced us, and he was surprised to know I didn’t know who Lindsay was, and she didn’t know who I was,” added C.J. “Lindsay knew a lot of the people I was friends with, and I knew all of her roommates, but oddly enough I had no idea who she was.”
As the Maurers recounted the story, they both liven up, recalling the story they’ve told dozens of times.
“So Lindsay was named a group leader, and she got to pick me to participate in a group project we would work on throughout the semester,” said C.J.
“The real reason why I picked him was that it was a marketing class and he was the only J/MC major,” Lindsay explained. “We had to write this huge plan, so I thought we should pull somebody in from communications.”
C.J. interjected, “It was really because of my charm.”
Library sessions became regular, and with the rush of senior events leading up to graduation, a crush developed into a relationship.
As C.J. tells it, “We started dating as we got close to graduation. I was already accepted into the IMC program and planned to move to Buffalo all along, so it was great that she was from there and in the program too. She helped me find a place to live and we’d help one another out while we were starting out our careers. So our relationship matured quickly, and it’s been great having a network of Bonaventure friends in Buffalo to share it with. It was a nice transition.”
“We actually said that if we met earlier on we probably wouldn’t have dated,” Lindsay shared. “We were in college and having fun, but we both said that by senior year we had matured and knew what we wanted. I didn’t date anyone at Bonaventure before C.J.”
“Not only the fact that we both went to Bonaventure, but we had a lot of the same friends and had gone through the same experiences for so long,” added C.J. “As we were getting to know one another, we realized how much we already had in common. We realized we had already had so many of the same experiences.”
When they eventually got married, St. Bonaventure remained at the forefront of the experience. “It’s become a family thing. C.J.’s dad didn’t go to Bonaventure, but he talks about it all the time. Obviously having two of my brothers go there, we experienced the same things, and now my cousins are there, and if one day we have kids I’m sure we’ll open that door.”
Lindsay agreed. “It’s such a family oriented place. My brother (Colby) married a Bonaventure girl, and C.J.’s brother Nick probably will too. A lot of our wedding party went to Bonaventure … and a lot of them are related.”
“When you are a Bonnie, you are never alone,” C.J. concluded. “You are a part of something that wants you there at least as much as you want to be there.”
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