We are family … literally

CMC Siblings share their stories

Calling all CMC Siblings! What was it like to attend the College with your brother or sister? We want to know: Did you hang out together? Share advice? Keep tabs on each other? Please send your story to pa@claremontmckenna.edu.

For inspiration, here are a few CMC Sibling stories.

Thayer Breazeale ’23 and Anderson Breazeale ’24
Brothers and best friends

Thayer Breazeale ’23 and Anderson Breazeale ’24

For Thayer Breazeale ’23, the favorite part about attending CMC with twin brother, Anderson ’24, is having his “best friend just a minute’s walk away.”

Anderson chose CMC first, responding to his gut feeling after visiting campus. “I was quite sure CMC was the best school for me because of the economics program and attitude towards applying knowledge learned from the classroom to the real world,” he said.

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Young Kathlina Lai ’93, Luan Lai ’98, and Dinh Lai ’01
Dreams come true at CMC for three siblings

Kathlina Lai ’93, Luan Lai ’98, and Dinh Lai ’01

We came from humble beginnings. My brothers and I, along with our parents, were refugees from Vietnam, as part of the second wave of the Vietnamese diaspora following the Vietnam War. So the idea that all three siblings would attend one of the most competitive and prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country was nothing short of a dream.

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Current Amjad Khan ’01 and Ata Khan ’08
Two brothers, two paths

Amjad Khan ’01 and Ata Khan ’08

Which one of you decided to go to Claremont McKenna first and why?

Ata: Amjad applied back in 1996 and attended in 1997-2001 as a Government and Literature major. When I applied to college in 2003, CMC was top of the list because Amjad would rave about it, and then he got accepted to Harvard Law, so I thought, okay, maybe the school's doing something right.  One thing most people don’t realize is that — as a Southern Californian living near Claremont — CMC may not be as well-known as the UCs, but it's actually more known nationwide and worldwide, so if Amjad hadn't gone and enjoyed it, I would have never even considered it.  Somebody at our mosque told the rest of the family that Amjad was going to a mechanics college in Claremont!  The irony being is that I'm not sure Amjad knows how to even change a tire.

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Young Katie Redman ’12 and Chad Redman ’15

 

From family farm to College campus

Katie Redman ’12 and Chad Redman ’15

CMC offered a whole new world to the Redman siblings. Afterall, the campus population was larger than their farming town, located in rural Washington state.

Raised on an old family farm in Palouse, Wash., far from the nearest major city, Katie and Chad Redman (CMC ’12 and ’15) are an unlikely set of CMC sibling alumni. Their high school class numbered 25-30 students, cobbled together between the two closest farm towns.

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Richard Lewis ’65, Robert Lewis ’67, Randall Lewis ’73 P’10 P’11 P’13
Eight minutes from home, three brothers found a new world at CMC

Richard Lewis ’65, Robert Lewis ’67, Randall Lewis ’73 P’10 P’11 P’13

Which one of you decided to go to Claremont McKenna first and why? 

Richard Lewis, my oldest brother, came to CMC first, and graduated in 1965. My brother Robert graduated in 1967. I applied after they had already finished, and graduated in 1973. We all came here because of the College’s great reputation. My brother Richard said: “It was a very competitive school with very bright, focused classmates seeking to excel. I appreciated the small, intimate classes, and the great interaction with impressive professors. The network and connections have proven very valuable after graduation.”

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Young Kate Parrish ’21 and Abby Parrish ’23
A sister support system

Kate Parrish ’21 and Abby Parrish ’23

Sports have always played a big role in the lives of Kate and Abby Parrish.

Kate ’21 was recruited by CMC to play basketball, and as the oldest of four, was the first in her family to thread her way through the college admission process. She fell in love with CMC after her first campus tour. Abby ’23 soon followed, and was admitted on academic merit to CMC, although she ended up walking on to the CMS women’s lacrosse team. (“‘Sco Nas!” said Abby.)

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Young Erik Chan ’92 and Emily Cotter ’95
Family celebrated both siblings attending CMC

Erik Chan ’92 and Emily Cotter ’95

Which one of you decided to go to Claremont McKenna first and why?

Emily: Erik went first. Our dad did the college research and believed that CMC was one of the finest academic institutions in the country. He had his heart set on CMC for at least one of us, but he got both. 

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Young Jeff Sullivan ’87, Sandy Sullivan Bostic ’88, Tracy L. Sullivan Prock ’90, and Lt. Col. Michael Sullivan ’94
Four siblings span more than a decade at CMC

Jeff Sullivan ’87, Sandy Sullivan Bostic ’88, Tracy L. Sullivan Prock ’90, and Lt. Col. Michael Sullivan ’94

When Jeff and Patsy Sullivan learned that their eldest son Jeff, Jr. was recruited to play basketball at CMC, they were excited for him, but also concerned. Living in Yakima, Wash. they hadn’t heard of the College, and didn’t know anyone else who attended.

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