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Widener Welcomes 7 Sets of Twins in New Class

Widener twins in front of Pride statue
Five of the seven sets of twins in Widener's freshman class pose with the Pride statues.

Julia and Elizabeth Travlos aren’t just identical twins. They’re nursing classmates – and one of seven pairs of twins in Widener University’s approximately 740-member freshman class.

“It is really cool to have seven sets of twins,” Elizabeth said. “It is definitely a really high number.”

Each year, Widener’s freshman class normally has anywhere from one to four sets of twins, but these newest members of the Pride are breaking records, and took a photo to prove it.

All 14 come from Pennsylvania, and three sets are studying the same major as their twin (two for nursing and one for robotics engineering).

Julia and Elizabeth Travlos, who are commuting from their hometown of Havertown, never expected to both end up at Widener, but as they searched for a strong nursing program – to follow in their mother’s career path – they both loved the campus.

“At first, I wanted to come by myself, but we both came for a tour,” Julia said. “I realized how much I loved it here, and then she realized how much she loved it here, as well.”

Now, the Travlos twins say they wouldn’t want it any other way.

It is the best. I am so happy I didn’t go to college by myself. — Julia Travlos '23

Fraternal twins Florinda and Sandra Good-Gonzales also didn’t necessarily set out to attend college together. But both were attracted to Widener by the reputation of its academic programs – biomedical engineering for Florinda; social work for Sandra.

“I want to be an innovator and there’s support here,” said Florinda.

“I looked for schools with great social work programs that go up to master’s degrees. And Widener had a great atmosphere,” said Sandra.

The pair from Newport are not rooming together, but they are living right across the hall. That means there’s always a familiar face nearby.

“I’m excited to take Widener by the horns and make it my own,” said Florinda.

Olivia and Rebecca Tiley
Olivia and Rebecca Tiley are identical twins, roommates and classmates in the nursing program.

For identical twins Olivia and Rebecca Tiley, the decision to come to college together, also meant rooming together. At home in Chalfont, the two have separate bedrooms, but here at Widener they are bunking together in Kapelski Residence Hall.

“I’m excited because we didn’t have to worry about rooming with a random person,” Olivia said.

The two will be spending a lot of time together, from their nursing classes to similar interests in clubs. They’ll split up, however, when Olivia heads to cheerleading and Rebecca to softball.

Alia and Ali Khogali have traveled all over the world together. Their family is from Sudan, and the twins have lived in Saudi Arabia and Egypt before moving to Delaware County. Now their adventures have taken them both to Widener.

But Alia, a biology major, didn’t even know that her brother was applying to Widener’s computer science program.

“Our whole lives we’ve been together. Now another four,” said Alia.

Alia and Ali Khogali
Alia Khogali will study biology, while her twin brother, Ali, will study computer science.

The twins include:

Daymond (business-finance) & Dylan (mechanical engineering) Bonsall

Christina (business-management) and Ciana (communication studies) Bowers

Florinda (biomedical engineering) and Sandra (social work) Good-Gonzalez

Ali (computer science) and Alia (biology) Khogali

Michael and Nicholas Olson (both robotics engineering)

Olivia and Rebecca Tiley (both nursing)

Elizabeth and Julia Travlos (both nursing)

 

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