The Voice


Natasha Azevedo, Photography Editor, Staff Reporter

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I’ve always wondered if somewhere in this universe, maybe ten bazillion light years away, I have a twin. With two of me, the world would be so much better. I’m joking of course, but it must be nice to have a sibling who seems to be eternally intuitively checked into your feelings.

First, a thing (or two) about twins. Identical twins come from one fertilized egg split in two, leading to two individuals sharing the same genetic code. Fraternal twins, on the other hand, come from separate eggs and share on average half their DNA. While identical twins are born with the same DNA, they (shock!) can have many differences as they grow older. Case in point: no, they are not one person. No, you cannot call them “twin.”

Presentation is lucky enough to have at least one pair of twins in each grade level. Hmm… a new admissions policy? The Voice had the opportunity to sit down with these twin-tastic siblings and inquire about their daily lives, their shared or unshared interests, and what it really is like to be a twin.

Angela and Madeline Nguyen, seniors:

The Voice: Describe your sister in one word.

Madeline: “Talkative. Very talkative.”
Angela: “Humorous…well, sometimes.”

The Voice: If you could have one characteristic that your sister has, what would it be?

Madeline: “Her laid-back personality.”
Angela: “Her diligence.”

The Voice: Do you ever feel pressured to live up to the standards of one another?

Madeline: “Of course there’s always some level of competition between us, but we always try to help each other succeed in the long run.”

The Voice: What are your plans for college? Are you okay with being separated?
Angela: “Madeline and I actually might be attending the University of the Pacific together– Madeline for the accelerated dentistry program and me for the accelerated pharmacy program. We currently have six out of seven of our class periods together, as well as homeroom and mentoring together. We share the same bedroom too, so we don’t really mind if we go to the same college. But if things turn out differently, we don’t mind separating either.”

Anne and Claire Noack, juniors

The Voice: Have you ever wanted to drastically change your appearance to separate yourself from your twin?

Anne: “I have never really had a huge desire to change the way I look to separate myself from Claire. We are fraternal twins so we do not look exactly alike. Yes, we do get called each other’s names all the time (I have now learned to respond to Claire as well as Anne), but I think that we have a different style that it has never really bugged me.”

The Voice: What is the best part about having a twin?

Anne: “We are usually the same size top so if we have to buy something ourselves we can split the cost and share the shirt. We can get double the clothes.”
Claire: “You can talk to them about anything because they always know what is going on in your life and you know that they would never tell anyone or judge you.”

The Voice: Are you frustrated when others mix you up?
Anne: “It is a little frustrating when your science teacher for three years still calls you the wrong name, but I guess some people do not see us together enough to figure out the difference.”
Claire: “I have had teachers mix me up with Anne when they have never had her as a student. Now, I automatically turn my head, regardless of whether someone has said Anne or Claire. I have never reacted badly to getting mixed up, but, if I am having a bad day, I will sometimes not respond if someone calls me Anne and wait until they have realized their mistake.”

The Voice: What is one ability that your twin has that you wish you could have as well?
Anne: “She is a really good writer! I am better at science and math, and she is better at English and history.”
Claire: “I wish that I could get tan like her instead of just getting burned. I also wish that I could be as good at math as Anne is–that would have helped on the SAT!”

Kendall and Jenna Wilkerson, juniors

The Voice: Do you find yourselves enjoying similar interests, or would you say that you are invested in different things?

Kendall and Jenna: “We share a lot of similar interests and we like to talk about cool books and movies. We also hang out with the same group of friends every day so it’s easy for us to have similar interests.”

The Voice: What are the most common ways that people tell you apart?
Kendall: “I would say shoes, hairstyles (I have bangs and Jenna does not) and even backpacks. It really changes for each person. Some people can tell the difference easily by our faces and others are always confused and never get it!”

The Voice: Do you generally get along, or do you find yourselves fighting often?
Kendall and Jenna: “We do not fight a lot and we’re pretty close…we do get into arguments when we are annoyed at each other but we do like to tease each other often.”

The Voice: Many research projects have indicated strong intuitive bonds between twins. Have you ever felt that something was wrong with your sister solely based on intuition?
Kendall: “We have sisterly intuition and like to finish each other’s sentences.Personally, I would like to think that I can tell when Jenna has something wrong with her when I’m not around.”

Anelise and Arielle Teodoro, Freshman

The Voice: Your names both start with the letter “A.” Do your parents ever mix you up, especially because of the similarity of your names?
Anelise: “Our parents get us mixed up a lot, but we get so used to it that I just pretend I’m Arielle (or the other way around) and answer their questions or do whatever they want me to do. Our family members’ names always start with an ‘A.’”

The Voice: When you look into the mirror, do you think that you look similar?
Anelise: “When I look at a mirror, I don’t believe that my sister and I look alike anymore. To me, we look so different. It’s sort of funny how people cannot tell us apart.”

The Voice: Do you spend time together at school? Are you friends with the same people?
Anelise: “We spend a lot of time together at school. We had several classes together last semester and we relied on each other to work on homework and tests. We don’t have many classes together this semester, but I think it was a good idea because we can meet new friends and become more independent. We hang out with most of the same people, but we always have our own separate group of friends as well.”

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