Valentines: Laurie (Sheen) & Will Young

Laurie (Sheen) Young, SEAS BS ’04 & Will Young, ESIA BA’04, GWSB MS ’06

Laurie & WillWill and Laurie grew up far away from one another – Richfield, Minn., and New Orleans, respectively. Although they attended GW for different reasons, once their paths crossed, they didn’t deviate too far from one another.

Will, who came to GW for international affairs, and Laurie, who was initially drawn by the engineering and law program, met in HOVA their freshman year. Will lived on the fifth floor, in the room right above Laurie.

“We then became Project Exploration guides together in 2001,” says Laurie, adding that they later both worked for the Marvin Center.

“Will took the international affairs path, while I got a BS in mechanical engineering,” she says. “After graduation, Will stayed at GW to get his MTA, and I left for Minnesota to get my JD at William Mitchell.”

After graduating from the business school, Will moved back to Minneapolis, where the couple, happily married for four years, now lives. Will is finishing his last year of law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn., and Laurie is an intellectual property attorney.

When thinking back on their GW days, many memories jump to mind, including: their first date at the GW Inaugural Ball in 2001; bowling in the Hippodrome; exploring D.C.; eating at Ben’s Chili Bowl; playing rec softball on the Marvin Center team in the summer; and, most importantly, front-row seats at home basketball games at the Smith Center.

“Our friends, Will and I never missed a home game, unless we were in class — and even then we would rush from class to catch whatever part of the game was left,” says Laurie. “We even traveled to see GW play.”

Despite living in Minnesota, they keep their ties to GW.

“We still follow GW basketball,” says Laurie, “and try to make it back to DC every year to see family and friends.”

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