Siblings come together for BYU experience

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    By CHRISTINE RAPPLEYE

    Trying to make Brigham Young University feel like home is often a challenge for most students. But for the Sommer family from Claremont, Calif., it’s easier than most.

    Four of the Sommer children are attending BYU. Paige, 22, is a senior majoring in English. Matt, 21, is a sophomore in premed. Lark, 20, is a junior majoring in dance. Kent, 17, is a freshman with an open major.

    Paige she had always wanted to come to BYU but did not realize how hard it would be to leave home.

    “My first year here, I was really lonely for family,” Paige said.

    Two years later, Matt decided to join his sister. Matt said he really did not have a reason to get homesick with his sister around.

    In the summer of 1996, Lark came to Utah as well. However, as soon as Lark arrived, both Matt and Paige left on missions.

    Matt and Paige left for their missions on the same day. Matt went to the Washington D.C. South Spanish Speaking Mission and Paige went to the Milan Italy Mission.

    “Our missions made us closer,” Matt said.

    Kent said that it was hard losing them both at once.

    “It felt like they were both going off to school, but we couldn’t call or talk to them whenever we wanted to,” Kent said.

    Paige returned home from her mission last December and Matt came home last June.

    Kent came to BYU this fall.

    “I didn’t want to come to follow the crowd, but this is where I wanted to go,” Kent said. “It’s great to be able to be able to sit around in the dorm and have friends who have the same standards.”

    Now Paige, Kent, Lark and Matt are together at BYU

    “It’s been really nice (to have all four of us here). It makes Provo feel at home,” Paige said.

    Their father, Ron Sommer, has encouraged his children to attend BYU.

    “(My wife and I) have always stressed getting good grades and going to college. We want our children to have the opportunity to grow spiritually and have the opportunity to associate with other fine young members of the church and be in an atmosphere where others have the same moral standard,” he said.

    Now that four of them are here, they try to do things together.

    “We try to eat together once a week, and Matt and I have anatomy together, so we do see each other,” Paige said.

    They have supported each other, cheered for each and given each other moral support, Ron said.

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