“They earned everything,” their father, Dean Kashlan, said of their success. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1985.
Being together helped a lot.
“Having people you can rely on when you’re having trouble with a class and say, ‘Hey, can you tutor me on this topic?’ and lend a hand, it’s absolutely great to have a good support system,” said Adam.
It’s hard for any student to get admitted to Georgia Tech, let alone triplets. Only 22% of the 5,184 students who applied to the College of Sciences for the fall 2019 semester were accepted.
The Kashlans were 3 of the 459 students enrolled in that school. Georgia Tech was unable to calculate the probability that triplets will be accepted there.
But the brothers almost chose different colleges. They spoke up and decided that Georgia Tech was the best fit for them. They weren’t ready to leave each other either.
“I pulled them both back here,” Rommi told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2019.
Once they entered college, their parents sold their house and moved to Atlantic Station to be closer to them. After all, they had just turned 16.
“Academia, they can deliver,” said their mother, Majid Judy Kashlan. “But emotionally you still have to give them that nurturing.”
The brothers began college early that summer in a program designed for college students eager to get ahead of their studies, learn their way around campus, and make friends. They took courses every summer and helped them complete their courses early.
The triplets took some courses together, but were also drawn to activities that reflected their individual interests. For example, Zane became involved in Georgia Tech’s mentoring program.
The coronavirus pandemic brought them closer together, the brothers said. The family ate more together. Rommi was part of a team that helped create a saliva-based COVID-19 test for the campus.
Georgia Tech was tough, they said. The triplets studied more together.
“We looked at old texts we sent when we were freshmen,” Zane said. “It was so tough and we made it and we made it through the second and third years. Looking back, it was a great experience.”
All three have nearly straight A Grade-point averages.
So who is the best student? Rommi and Zane looked at Adam. He enjoyed able to conceptualize theories learned in physics and other science courses.
Adam’s brothers teased him about his study habits.
“This guy is a machine when he needs to be, but he’s also a procrastinator at the same time,” Rommi said.
“I’m a good procrastinator,” Adam said with a laugh. “Do not learn from me. It’s a bad thing.”
The triplets will move to Boston at the end of May. Their mother said it will be difficult to watch them leave. But the three embark on the next leg of their journey together.
Adam and Zane plan to do research work at Harvard Medical School’s Woolf Laboratory. Rommi considers working at a Harvard-affiliated hospital.
It’s their version of a break before continuing their postgraduate education.
“It’s like chapter 3 or chapter 4, you might say,” Zane said. “High school. It’s the next chapter.”