Fall semester at Salt Lake Community College is a noteworthy occasion for 22-year-old Taylor Pia and his 19-year-old brother, Logan.
After attending separate high schools, this is the first time the Pia brothers attend school together. They are both enrolled in the same classes for their third semester at SLCC.
“School is a lot easier with my brother,” Taylor says. “We take all of the same classes, so if one of us misses the other one is there to get notes and we always help each other with homework.”
Logan and Taylor believe they are at an advantage because of their bond. If one brother is struggling in a class, the other is right there to pick them up and get them back up to speed.
There are other benefits besides having an extra set of eyes and ears in the classroom.
“We only have to buy one set of books, which is huge,” says Logan.
Naturally, the Pia brothers also share a ride to and from school.
“I like how [Taylor] always drives in the morning,” Logan says. “It’s really cool that I never need to buy gas in the morning.”
Besides taking the same classes, the brothers also live and work together.
“There’s always someone to talk to,” Taylor says. “We’re never really alone.”
Since they spend most of their day around each other, brotherly bonds can be tested, but never broken.
“It’s a lot of time together, that’s for sure,” Logan says. “Some mornings we wake up and aren’t too happy with each other, but it just takes a little bit [of effort] to fix whatever we’re mad about.”