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Triplets studying to be teachers

By Dale Johnson Posted: December 2, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Katherine, (l-r) Alexandria and Stephanie Kay – triplets in the faculty of education.
Katherine, (l-r) Alexandria and Stephanie Kay – triplets in the faculty of education. Photo: U of R Photography

For the first time, triplets are enrolled in the faculty of education at the University of Regina - Katherine, Alexandria and Stephanie Kay.

“We know many twins who have gone on to university and are even in the same program. We have never met triplets who have attended the U of R, or any other university for that matter,” says Katherine.

The registrar’s office has no records of other triplets attending the U of R.

Alexandria and Stephanie are in second year of the pre-K to grade 5 program, and Katherine entered education this year after starting out in psychology last year. They’re in many of the same classes.

They’ve always been interested in the education field. They helped out a school were their mother works – and that convinced them to enrol in the faculty of education.  

“We have so many funny stories growing up, from being called ‘chicklets’ to having an insistent mother asking to speak to our mother to verify we were not lying about being triplets,” recalls  Stephanie.

They attended Johnson Collegiate in Regina before coming to the U of R.

“Johnson was a smaller high school and we knew just about everyone by first name. As a result our identity in high school was ‘the triplets’ whereas in University very few know us as triplets and we are treated as individuals,” Katherine says. “Despite the large student body and opportunities to participate and engage, we still spend as much time as ever together.”

So what are the pros and cons of being triplets?

“The pro of being a triplet is always having someone to hang out with,” says Katherine.

“The con is not being treated as an individual. People have always mixed up our names, including our parents, when we were very young,” explains Alexandria.  

“We have the advantage of doing our homework together, having multiple views on the same subject and partnering in group work. We carpool and keep the same schedule,” Stephanie says.