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Danielle and Elise Rowe

Danielle and Elise Rowe are used to doing things together. The identical twins decided to attend North Central State College together after graduating in 2010 from Crestview High School.

“We looked at other colleges and were accepted to Baldwin-Wallace, but when we looked at the costs involved, it just made sense to start at North Central and then transfer to a four-year school after we complete our associate degrees,” Elise said.

While both are enrolled in NC State’s Associate of Arts degree program, they have different long-term goals.

“I really enjoy math and think I’d like to purse a degree in accounting,” Danielle said. Wrinkling her nose a bit as her sister said “math,” Elise said she has a different educational pursuit in mind. “I’d like to major in photography,” Elise said. “I’m left-handed and Danielle is righthanded. I’ve always had more interest in art.” The siblings value the options available through NC State.

“We haven’t really looked at where we plan to transfer after we graduate,” Elise said. “We know there are a ton of schools where we can go.”

The twins have taken it easy on NC State faculty members so far. “We do have a couple of the same classes and we sit together, but we don’t switch seats or anything like that,” Danielle said. “We’re normally kind of quiet, so we don’t put the instructors on the spot by asking questions. In our sociology class, the instructor will ask both of us for our input during discussions, especially when we talk about things like twins.”

Invited to join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Rowes said they are achieving good grades in their NC State classes. “The instructors here are great,” Elise said. “They really want to help their students succeed. And they understand that their students have other responsibilities, such as jobs.”

When not studying or commuting to class from northern Richland County, the twins can often be found working together at Pizza Hut on Lexington-Springmill Road.

“For us, NC State is a great place to start. It is affordable and allows us to get all of our core courses finished before we transfer to a four-year school,” Danielle said.

"For us, NCState is a great place to start. It is affordable and allows us to get all of our core courses finished before we transfer to a four-year school."



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