Triplets take similar path at AU for lives of service

Tue, 2011-07-26 07:55 -- univcomm
July 26, 2011

Current Anderson University sophomores Sarah, Becca, and Jon Hales are on the path to a life of faith and service. Though the Hales have just started their journey here at AU, they have a good idea of what their futures will look like.

halesSarah, Becca, and Jon share a lot in common. They are triplets, and they are all majoring in education at AU. Sarah and Becca are both elementary education majors, while Jon is majoring in secondary education, specializing in physics.

“I plan on teaching either overseas or in a need-based school for a couple of years,” said Sarah. Becca would also like to teach overseas and hopes to someday get a doctorate. “Another goal I have after college is to go on mission trips at least once a year, and possibly work as a volunteer at a nonprofit organization. I also eventually want to have a family,” said Becca.

Jon also hopes to teach and pursue graduate studies. “After graduation, I will hopefully be teaching physics either in the southern or western part of the United States, or in a different country,” said Jon. “No matter where I end up I will take classes to work on my master’s, so someday I am able to have a doctorate.”

What else besides their future goals do these siblings have in common? Together they grew up in Pendleton, Ind., about 15 minutes away from campus, and cannot imagine life without each other. “I am not sure what it is like to grow up not being a triplet,” said Becca. “Our house was always full of adventure!” Jon fondly remembers Christmas mornings with one of them waking the rest of the family up so they could all walk up the stairs together to open up presents.

hales2For those who know Sarah, Becca, and Jon, it is easy to see how close they are. Head Volleyball Coach Tami Miller has seen Becca and Sarah’s relationship first-hand, as they are both members of her team. “Both on and off the court the girls are very close,” said Miller. “They are very supportive of one another and encourage each other. Although they do spend a lot of time together in volleyball, they also spend time together off the court as well. That speaks to their closeness and bond they share.”

Sarah and Becca refer to each other as best friends. They are also roommates. “I am with my sister about 80 percent of the day,” said Becca. The girls see their brother Jon many times during the week for dinner or on the weekend to hang out. “If my floor is having an activity, most of the guys want me to invite my sisters to come along,” said Jon.

Dr. Jaye Rogers, associate professor of history at AU, has seen the triplets grow up. “I have known Jon, Becca, and Sarah since they were 8 and we moved in the neighborhood just down the street from them,” said Rogers. She currently has Jon in class. “He seemed to find his niche quickly as a new freshman on campus and got involved in music and classes. I love having him in class!”

The Hales triplets came to AU to follow their individual passions, while maintaining close family dynamics and strong Christian upbringing. They hope the choices they make while at the university will help them achieve their dreams of teaching and giving back to those in need. As far as being a triplet goes, all three feel very blessed. “I was never alone,” said Sarah. “I love being a triplet and am so thankful for my siblings.”

— Aimee Munn is a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in political science and history. Munn is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.