I get asked this question more times than I can count, what’s it like being a triplet? I’m not quite sure how to answer that question because what’s it like not being a triplet? I’ve been part of a trio my entire life and for the past 19 years, that’s all I’ve known. Growing up as one of three, I was never an individual. We were all three dressed the same and had the same toys. We even received the same presents, but in different colors. I had never been just Mariah. I was constantly referred to as “the triplets.” I was tired of it. In 5th grade, I made the decision to break away from the threesome and be in a separate classroom that year. Frankly, it was the best decision any 11 year old could have made. I was no longer one of the triplets, but Mariah, an individual. From then on, triplet was not a label people first gave me and I loved it. I had the freedom to be my own person and my sisters, Morgan and Mallory, stayed together. As we grew older, we grew apart and became our own people. Yes we still had to go to the same school together and share the same house, but we made it work. Each of us found our own set of friends, but always had two other people we could count on no matter the circumstance. High school was challenging and we grew even closer as we realized we would all be going our separate ways soon. Now, I am here at Adrian College while they are both 100 miles away pursuing their own dreams. Yes the distance sucks most of the time, but I am grateful to have them both by my side. If you would have asked me 10 years ago how I like being a triplet, I would have snobbily replied saying I hate it. Now, I cherish the fact I am unique and have two other individuals similar to me. I do not regret the decision to break away from them, but find myself missing them more and more as we are apart. This is the furthest and longest we have been apart in our 19 years. I am happy when I have the chance to go home and visit with them and the rest of my family, too. College has been challenging thus far, but I know I always have my two thirds to rely on. Being a triplet has it’s perks. Yes someone is always there, but that additional two people means triple the clothes now, and toys when we were younger. I always have someone to talk to, and you can bet one of them is talking my ear off whenever they get the chance. It also means triple the hugs, triple the laughs, and triple the love. I love being a triplet and would not have it any other way if given the chance. I know we will all do great things in our lifetime and will also always have that special bond only us three can relate to. And that's what it’s like being a triplet.