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The Greek Experience & Identity Series
This series is meant to highlight individuals in the Greek Community whose identies have been impacted and molded by Greek Life at CWRU. 

Next up in our Greek Experience & Identity Series is Anel Mattar. Anel is a Senior in Delta Gamma studying Business Management and Marketing. Here is Anel's story:

Joining Greek Life was something I never pictured myself doing. I only knew the stereotypes and I did not want to be associated with that. That was until I met people in the Greek community. My perspective quickly changed. I joined Delta Gamma fall of my sophomore year and when I say it has changed my life, I truly mean that. I studied abroad the spring right after I joined and coming back, I didn't know who I was anymore. I changed so much during my study abroad that I felt like I almost lost part of myself. Coming back to Delta Gamma, I was quickly reminded. Some of my older sisters saw something in me that I did not see in myself. They encouraged me to seek leadership and consider running for president. Being president of my chapter has been one of the richest learning and growing experiences in my life. It has challenged me and made me a better friend, sister, and leader. My sisters remind me everyday why I choose to invest so much time and energy into my chapter and organization. The Greek community at CWRU has empowered me and motivated me in ways I never thought possible. I am so lucky I get to work with the people I do to make our community an inclusive and welcoming place.


Kicking off our Greek Experience & Identity Series is Chris Shorter. Chris is a Senior in Sigma Chi studying Computer Science and Business Management. Here is Chris' story:

Before I came to Case, I had no interest whatsoever in joining a fraternity. I thought I had a pretty good idea of what fraternities are about, and I did not want any part of it. When I got here, my perspective totally changed. I started talking to the guys in Sigma Chi and realized that they were nothing like the stereotypical ‘frat boys’ I had seen in movies and TV. These were guys who knew where they wanted to go in life and had everything together to get there. I immediately began to look up to them a role models. I decided to join Sigma Chi in my first semester, and they welcomed me with open arms. Because of that decision, I have grown immeasurably. Jumping into leadership roles here has shown me that even as an introverted guy, I have what it takes to lead. While doing this has helped improve my ability to speak, especially in large groups, it has also taught me the value of my ability to listen. More importantly though, Sigma Chi has been my support system throughout college. Whenever I am struggling, I turn to the guys in my chapter, my brothers, for help and they give me the encouragement I need to get back to being my best. Ultimately, joining Greek Life has helped me discover my true strengths and has given me a group of lifelong friends I can turn to. It is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.