Triplets Hannah, Sam, and Molly Brohaugh, age 17, graduated from Cape Fear Community College this past Friday in the college transfer ceremony.
The triplets took advantage of the Career and College Promise Program (CCP) as homeschoolers, which allowed them to enroll — full-time — in college courses as high school students set to earn their associate degrees early.
Though unseparated their first semester, they began taking classes on their own in subsequent terms. Sam noted, “At Cape Fear, we were really taught to be independent.”
Hannah admitted, “I was always hesitant to tell people how old I was in fear that I’d be treated differently. And I thought the transition from homeschool to a public college would be difficult, but it was surprisingly easy.”
When asked what made the transition easy, Molly said, “We really wanted to do well in our classes,” and agreed with Hannah who said, “I really enjoy learning, I’ve always enjoyed learning.” They credited their parents and CFCC instructors as key factors to the ease of their transition as well.
On advice they would give to their peers, Hannah said, “Know what you’re doing and put the time in, it will pay off.” On a related note, Molly said, “Plan it out. Look into the college you want to go to and find out what you have to do get there. Be organized.” Sam said, “Finish, graduate! Don’t just transfer with a handful of credits.”
Hannah, the oldest by a minute, will attend Campbell University to study nursing. Sam and Molly will attend NC State University — Sam to study civil engineering and Molly, accounting.
To learn more about the Career and College Promise program, visit http://cfcc.edu/ccp/.