However, she also shares a complicated relationship with Stefan's elder vampire brother Damon Salvatore, who is both dangerous and seductive. She attends Mystic Falls High School, where she is a former cheerleader, honor student, and one of the most popular girls in the school. Elena wants to become a great writer; she stated this in a conversation with Stefan, and she has a diary in which she writes everything that happens in her life.
Elena has to deal with trying to lead a normal life ever since her adoptive parents died in a car accident and since she became involved in a romantic relationship with a vampire named Stefan Salvatore. Stefan unexpectedly saved Elena's life on May 23, 2009 when her adoptive parents, Grayson and Miranda Gilbert's car went off at Wickery Bridge. He tried to save them but her father, Grayson, insisted on him saving Elena first.
When Stefan pulled Elena out of the car, he said that he was shocked and taken back when he saw that Elena looked like Katherine, he could not believe the uncanny resemblance between the two. Stefan then took Elena to the Mystic Falls General Hospital, and had been watching her ever since for about four months, and learning about her to make sure that she is safe and not at all Katherine Pierce, or like her. Elena said that it was a "miracle" that she had survived such a horrific and tragic car accident and she questioned how it was in any way possible that she survived and made it out of the car.
After she discovers the secret of the Salvatore brothers, Elena has to deal with murders and lies in her life as well as with supernatural events and characters. She is described as a star student. She is popular, sporty, smart, kind hearted, compassionate, selfless, empathetic, caring and nice. She can be rather vulnerable and a damsel in distress, although she does possess a strong-willed, determined, passionate and fiery streak.