By Sandra Siagian
First the stare, next the point and perhaps even a squeal in recognition.
Most people will do a double take, ask questions and maybe even take a photo when they spot this trio.
No, this is not a celebrity encounter.
This is a triplet encounter.Welcome to the life of Alexia, Brea and Camry Boyd, the first set of triplets to ever attend Cal State Long Beach.
It’s hard to imagine three 18-year-olds stirring up such a frenzy every time they leave the house. But for the Boyd girls, their close relationship means every hour — whether at home, work or school — is spent with each other. “Growing up, we would love getting all the attention,” Alexia says.
“But through high school, kids would always call us privileged or think we were the ‘it’ girls because we were triplets,” Camry adds.
When the triplets were younger, relatives and friends wondered how their mother kept from mixing them up. “Our mother always had our names written on our clothes and shoes,” Brea says. “She also did not want us to have cliché twin names that rhyme, so she gave us names in alphabetical order according to our age, so we are the ABC, for Alexia, Brea and Camry.”
“People always assume that because I am the oldest in time that I should be responsible and in charge,” Alexia says. “But that is not the case for us, our age difference in time is just a number, not a position.”While most students in their first year are settling in, having fun and mostly focusing on their transitions from high school to college, the Boyd girls are taking on a load heavier than that of a full-time worker.
The triplets have been working at Wing Stop in Long Beach every weekend since they were 16. When they started college this year, they took on second jobs at the CSULB library and Associated Students, Inc. to earn money for their college tuition. “Our financial aid covers half of our tuition and we pay the other half. That’s why we got a second job,” Camry says. “We always get exhausted, but we have come to the age where we don’t want to rely on our mother for money, for clothes and college.”
“Sometimes though, I wish that someone could take my shift and I could just go home and sleep,” Brea says. Carrie Washington, the triplets’ single mother, struggled finanically raising the triplets and their two older siblings, Paul and Deja.
“I’ve been a single mother ever since the girls were born,” Washington says. “Their father was ordered by the court to pay child support since 1992, but he never has. I was on welfare much of the time.”
“They are all beautiful girls and have good heads on their shoulders,” she says. “I’ve always instilled in them that in order for them to not live the way we did, you have to go to school and get your degree.” “I think because we didn’t have a father figure it has made us so close to our mom,” Alexia says. “We appreciate every little thing that she has done for us as a single parent.”
“she’s like our hero,” Camry says with a smile. “Or you could say she’s our idol,” adds Brea.
The triplets’ hard work resulted in graduating with honors from Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach. Following high school, they embarked on the same path to college, choosing CSULB to start their business management majors. “We always knew we wanted to go to this school because it was so close to home and we had done a bunch of tours with our school here,” Camry says. “I chose this major because I have a dream just like everyone else around here and my dream is to open up a dance studio.”
“Well, I chose the major because I think it’s the easiest,” laughs Brea. “I just thought, since it was such a popular degree, then why not choose it?” Alexia says.
Whatever the reason, each triplet is content with how school is going and finds it convenient to take the same major, as they all study together and help each other out. “We all have individual personalities, but we will always depend on each other,” Alexia says. “Right now we always do everything together, but I’m sure somewhere down the line in our lives we’re going to start doing things as Alexia, Brea and Camry and not the triplets.”