Get to know fraternal twins Keyara and Teyara Watson-Love, who are from Houston, Texas' Fifth Ward.
They recently created history by earning master's degrees in speech-language pathology at the same time from Lamar University, a field where there are only approximately 3% of women who identify as African American.
The 24-year-old sisters attribute their success to their parents, Michael and Sarah, because they always wished for and supported their kids' academic pursuits.
In their teen years, Keyara and Teyara were among the top ten percent of their graduating class at E.L. Furr High School and received the highest accolades. They continued their education at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, where they earned distinctions of Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude along with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders of oral health.
Being active outside of the classroom was very important to Keyara and Teyara. They were active in a variety of groups, including those devoted to the study of speech and hearing, such CAID and SOCS.
The twins, when asked why they chose to study in Speech-Language Pathology, respond that they are very passionate about helping others and giving back to their communities, and they find communication challenges to be fascinating.
"As young girls, we saw our grandma Ruth Watson make a difference in the lives of so many people," the Watson-Love twins shared. “She was incredibly compassionate and always willing to provide a hand to those in need.”
As for Keyara and Teyara, they both affirm that they take their faith in God very seriously and feel that it has contributed to their success.
In their respective fields of competence, both currently enjoy prosperous positions. In the Houston region, Teyara works at Copperfield Healthcare and Rehabilitation while Keyara is employed by Eastview Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
They serve nursing home residents who have trouble speaking, understanding speech, thinking clearly, and swallowing. They aspire to serve others in the same way that their grandma helped others she knew and cared for, just as she did for them and taught them to do.