angelia & Shaun Green
I met Shaun in 2008 as a Cleveland State freshman. I was collecting jobs to pay for tuition and Rascal House was lucky job number 3. The chemistry was undeniable from the first full conversation we had; it lasted about 3 hours longer than expected. We began dating in October and Shaun, being the gentleman he is, officially asked me to be his girlfriend on November 12th that year.
Fast forward to the summer of 2013, I came home to find that my degree arrived in the mail and Shaun had rushed out to get it framed before I saw it. I stood in our living room face to face with the degree I worked so hard to obtain, but I couldn’t stop staring at him. His hands were clasped together, his smile was so wide and proud, his eyes searched me for my own excitement. A movie-worthy collage instantly flashed in my head. I recalled all the nights he spent helping me study, driving me to school when my car wouldn’t start, sending me encouraging texts and notes during finals and when I didn’t feel like I could handle all the jobs and my studies any longer… and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Our relationship was the most priceless thing I could have stumbled upon. Degrees can come from all kinds of places, but the powerhouse that we are together is a one-in-a-million occurrence.
I didn’t venture out of Cleveland for college because my love for Cleveland is deep and true. Shaun’s music and restaurant passions stayed in Cleveland for the same reasons. Cleveland State, much like the city it resides in, understands the value of relationships.
Five years later, on September 22, 2018, we were married at Mather Mansion. It was the most love filled day of both of our lives. Together, we are an unstoppable force. I’m grateful for the role that Cleveland State University played in bringing us together.