From left, Tiffany, Lindsay and Katie Doughty; Brooke and Lauren Hermann; and Kevin and Kane Brookens
Familiar, identical even, faces seen around campus
By Sarah Eckard
Graduate assistant, Office of University Communications & Marketing
Walking across Shippensburg University’s campus may result in seeing a lot of familiar faces, actually, a lot of identical faces.
The university this year has what may be an unusually high number of students who are twins or triplets. According to university data, the university has one set of triplets, two members of another set of triplets and at least 10 sets of twins.
Even though this high number may seem to make births of multiples common, they aren’t. Twin births happen only 32.2 times per 1,000 births. Births of triplets, or more multiple siblings, happen only 150 times for every 100,000 births. Pennsylvania had a rate of 3.4 percent twin births and 0.1 percent triplet or higher multiple births in 2007.
Among those continuing their education at Shippensburg are first-year triplets Katie, Tiffany and Lindsay Doughty of Strasburg.
The Doughtys move onto campus in August.
The three sisters always knew they wanted to experience college together and decided to follow their older sister, Jamie, a member of the Class of 2010, and chose Shippensburg.
“We all decided we wanted to go together because they say college is the best years of your life and we wanted to experience it together. Growing up we have always been there for each other, so why should that be any different now,” says Katie.
The sisters, although living in the same building, have different rooms and different majors. Even though they have only a few classes in common, there is some competition brewing. “Of course we’re competitive over grades,” the sisters say in unison, but quickly clarify it’s a healthy rivalry.
Not all triplets have the competitive gene. First-year students Lauren and Brooke Herrmann of Hampstead, Md., agree they are not competitive toward each other. Lauren, however, has no problem competing against their triplet brother, Brad who attends York College, when it comes to sports or grades.
Lauren and Brooke looked at different colleges, but finally decided on attending Shippensburg together. They share a room in their residence hall, participate in Circle K and want to join a sorority together. Having each other relieves some of the homesickness they may feel because, as Lauren said, “I feel like home when I look at her.”
Junior twins Sarah and Katie Wolford of Halifax, have shared a room together for as long as they can remember. “We have always done everything together, why stop now? We are definitely coming to college together,” said Katie.
Although some of the twins and triplets wanted to attend the same college or university, others made the decision on where to attend separate from their sibling.
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Seniors Emily and Amanda Dubs of Dover, didn’t make that decision together, According to Emily, “My sister and I definitely didn’t both plan on coming here. I chose it for education and track. She runs track as well, and saw they had a good accounting program, so that’s why she came.” Their decisions may be why their younger sister, Erin, chose Shippensburg and is a member of the Class of 2014.
First-year student Kane Brookens of Fayetteville, didn’t let his twin, Kevin, influence his college decision either. “My brother didn’t play a role in my decision. I went where I wanted to go, but we both happened to choose the same place.”
Others at Shippensburg agree having a multiple sibling involved in their educational experience was one of the best decisions that could have made. According to new student Noelia Washington of Lancaster, “You have extra support, and you know you are not alone in your new life.”
Kane agrees. “There is always someone to hang out with, eat lunch with, talk to, or study with. I also get to make new friends through him and meet new people.”
There can, however, be some downsides to have a sibling on campus as many agree it can get frustrating when they are confused for their twin or triplet.
According to senior Jonathan Keefer of Greencastle, says, “There is always someone who knows what is going on at Shippensburg, and can call you out on your mistakes easily.”
They do generally agree that attending Shippensburg with their twin or triplet has been a rewarding and fun experience. “Who wouldn’t want to go to school with their best friends?” said Tiffany Doughty.
First-year students Megan and Brittany Jett
Sophomores Wes and Will Kirkland