Seeing Double

Published on 09 April 2017

St. Louis College of Pharmacy is home to a talented, diverse group of students. The qualities that make them special are too numerous to count, but faculty, staff and alumni know that there’s a special trend among our students. They often come in pairs! It is not uncommon for siblings to attend the same college, but at STLCOP, we see more than our fair share of multiples. Five pairs of identical and fraternal twins share what it’s like to attend the College together.

Choosing Pharmacy

Despite family ties, making the decision to pursue a Pharm.D. was not taken lightly by sophomores Mason and Weston Davis.

“When we were growing up, my grandparents owned a local pharmacy,” Mason said. “I never thought I would want to be a pharmacist until I had the opportunity to shadow the greatest pharmacist I have ever known, Mr. John Keller.”

“He taught us that being a pharmacist isn’t an occupation — it’s something you enjoy doing while making a difference,” Weston added. “Pharmacy is about building relationships with your patients, educating them and helping them improve their quality of life.”

With aspirations of becoming pharmacists together, the Davis twins set their sights on applying to pharmacy school, and they now call the College home.

Applying to College

P3 student Dylan Batty knew he wanted to attend college close to home, but he didn’t know his twin brother, Adam, was thinking the exact same thing.

“My brother didn’t influence my decision, but when I found out that he applied to STLCOP, I was excited to have someone who is always there for me,” Dylan said.

“I chose STLCOP because it’s in my city,” Adam said. “This is where I’m from, and I knew it had a prestigious reputation for educating top pharmacists in the area.”

“I knew STLCOP was the right place for me after learning more about the profession and, like Adam, the proximity to home was a benefit for me,” Dylan added. “Once I applied for Early Decision and got accepted, I couldn’t wait to start school.”

Starting College

Transitioning from high school and moving on to pharmacy school can be a challenge, but with a built-in study buddy, juniors Taylor and Alison Skaggs were able to navigate the process smoothly. The College provided an environment where the twins could stay close and still have opportunities to explore their interests.

“Moving away from my family for the first time was a challenge, but having my sister by my side made coming to college much easier,” Taylor said.

“We have both come to appreciate the intimate size of our campus,” Alison said. “It made making friends easier, and it gave us better opportunities to get involved.”

Preparing for Practice

Although they love being twins, P4 students Lauren and Alana Little used rotations as an opportunity to explore their interests independently.

“We’ve lived together since our first year of college, which made studying easier because we could provide different viewpoints,” Alana said. “It’s easy for people to see us as a single unit, but our different rotations have allowed us to pursue our own interests.”

“Now that we’re in our rotation year, we live in different places and only see each other on weekends,” Lauren said.

Living On Campus

Getting involved at the College was easy for P3 students Peter and Fred Jaeger. Both attended the College not only to pursue pharmacy but also to continue participating in cross country. During their first professional year, both earned AMC All-Conference honors as student-athletes.

“We both competed on the cross country team during undergrad,” Peter said. “We’re also both RAs in the residence hall, but we manage different floors and organize our programs independently.” “I was walking on Peter’s floor toward his room when I was stopped by one of his residents,” Fred said. “She told me, ‘Hey Peter, I’m not going to be able to make it to the floor meeting.’ Instead of taking the time to explain that I wasn’t him, I just acted as if I was and moved on. I still don’t think she had any idea she was talking to the wrong twin!”

“We both competed on the cross country team during undergrad,” Peter said. “We’re also both RAs in the residence hall, but we manage different floors and organize our programs independently.”

“I was walking on Peter’s floor toward his room when I was stopped by one of his residents,” Fred said. “She told me, ‘Hey Peter, I’m not going to be able to make it to the floor meeting.’ Instead of taking the time to explain that I wasn’t him, I just acted as if I was and moved on. I still don’t think she had any idea she was talking to the wrong twin!”

This story was first published in the fall 2016 issue of Script. Visit stlcop.edu/script to read more and access previous issues.
Explore more stories in the categories of: Campus Life , Script , Students