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becky & chris dolezal

Chris was the first new friend I met at Cleveland State when we both moved in early for the Honors College move-in as freshman.

He was in the room across the hall and knocked on our door to see if my roommate and I wanted to come watch a movie since there weren’t many people on campus yet. We decided to head over and had a great time meeting some new people on our floor. I remember looking at Chris and thinking “I’m going to marry him.” I honestly don’t know what made me think that, but I just had a feeling.

Months went by and we had some interactions, but for the most part, we just waved to one another in the hallway or elevator. Toward the end of the fall semester, our groups of friends started to merge and we spent more and more time together. We spent a lot of time with one another exploring the city and the Metroparks. Eventually, we both realized there was quite a spark between us, and Chris asked me to be his girlfriend.

We spent the next few years supporting each other as we completed our degrees. In 2013, Chris graduated, we bought a house and he proposed, all within a month!

We were married in November of 2014 and are now parents to our 4-year-old daughter and almost 2-year-old son. We love taking them back to Cleveland to share the city that brought us together.