I never thought I could be happy again and then I met you. Stefan originally returned to town to get to know Elena after saving her from a car accident.
He goes back to the car, but is too late to save her parents.
Due to his curiosity about Elena, Stefan remains in Mystic Falls and keeps an eye on her from a distance.
Stefan and Elena later work together to try to get Caroline's humanity back and when Caroline forces Stefan into his humanity off, he tells Elena to "bring him back".
Elena helps Damon bring back his mother and they are able to get Stefan and Caroline's humanity back.
When school starts, he decides to become a student so that he can meet her and get to know her better.
After the death of her parents, Elena Gilbert promises herself that she will be fine on the first day of school.
Stefan is trapped in the safe the whole summer, and thinks about Elena whenever he gets the urge to turn his humanity off.
Throughout the summer, Elena feels that something is wrong with him and when it is finally discovered that Stefan is missing, Damon and Elena are able to find him with the help of Elena's dream.
She is with her best friend, Bonnie Bennett when she sees a new guy registering in the office. Elena gets distracted when she sees her brother, high on drugs and follows him into the men's room to scold him.