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The Trials & Tribulations Of Twindom

We all know siblings share a unique bond. But the dynamic between twin siblings entering high school together creates more exciting adventures for them like overlapping friends, classes, and sports. It’s undeniable that having your sibling around changes the environment completely. What can beat the love and support of regular siblings? The special connection between […]

We all know siblings share a unique bond. But the dynamic between twin siblings entering high school together creates more exciting adventures for them like overlapping friends, classes, and sports. It’s undeniable that having your sibling around changes the environment completely. What can beat the love and support of regular siblings? The special connection between wombmates. 

Michael (‘26) and Marcos Williams (‘26) are a pair of CB twins who are learning to navigate high school together. They’ve figured out how to tackle the balance of school and sports and they both enjoy football and basketball and play together on CB’s football team. They can easily name a reason why having a twin is so enjoyable in high school.

“It’s really fun because at practice we get to hit each other really hard,” Michael immediately answers.

The Mendonsa twins have had a little more time to navigate high school. Alex (‘25) and Maddie Mendonsa (‘25) give some insight on the highs and lows of twin life. In comparison to middle school, they reveal that the jump to high school hasn’t been too much of an adjustment and each twin has adapted nicely. 

“It’s very similar to middle school because we’re still with each other because we’ve always been at school together, but it’s also different not having all of our classes together, which is weird,” Alex says.

Alec (‘24) and Lori Sarkissian (‘24) offer their own insight to navigating high school when you have a twin to rely on. 

“It’s kinda like having a built-in best friend, especially when we had a Lock-In,” Lori reflects. “I didn’t know anyone and I had someone to go to when I didn’t know anyone.”

The Williams brothers both admit that having a twin comes with obstacles. Just like any sibling relationship, trying to peacefully coexist comes with its own set of difficulties. 

“We have to share a room a lot and we got in a lot of fights when we were little,” Marcos says, reflecting on the usual sibling obstacles. ”It wasn’t so bad. It’s usually just bickering.”

One of the unique qualities when it comes to twins is that everything has to come in pairs or else there can be some major controversy. Michael confirms that to avoid any potential tension, nothing can be individual.

“If you have something then the other twin has to have it.”  Marcos emphasizes. “EVERYTHING is double.”

Another concern that comes with a twin is getting roped into every argument no matter the circumstances. 

“When one twin gets in trouble, so does the other,” Michael complains. “Whenever he gets in trouble I get in trouble,” he adds with annoyance, “and he gets in trouble a lot.” 

To top it off with one final obstacle, sure twins have a strong bond, but that means that they also know everything about each other. Having that unbreakable connection and knowing so much about one person means you sacrifice a little bit of privacy and secrecy. 

“We’re always in each other’s business,” Michael admits.

So where’s the positive of having a twin if it comes with all this baggage? 

Lori offers no complaints. It seems like the Sarkissians have discovered how to live with a twin and mature past most conflicts. 

“We keep each other in check, especially with school,” she says. 

The Williams twins both explain that the benefits of a twin are worth the hassle. 

“It’s like having a best friend,” Michael says. 

You never have to look too far for a best friend that you can trust with anything when you have a twin. Sure there is bickering and annoyance, which comes with any sibling relationship, but having a twin brings a bond like no other. 

The difference between a twin and any other sibling may seem unimportant. But the Mendosa twins talk about what it is that makes a twin so valuable. Alex describes how having a twin has given her a unique perspective on things. “[I value friendship more] because I’ve always had someone to be around,” she says.

“Our bond,” Maddie candidly responds of when asks what she is appreciates about her twin sister.. “Some siblings don’t really have that. We have that bond that kind of is just unconditional love for each other and it’s different than anybody else.”

“We’ve been together our whole life, so we’ve been able to grow a stronger bond and hang out all the time,” Alex adds in agreement with her sister.

Lori offers no complaints with having a twin with whom to help navigate highs or lows. She carefully ponders how coming to high school together has impacted them. 

“High school with a twin… it’s interesting because he has his group of friends and I have my group of friends,” she adds in contemplation.

The Mendonsa twins find independence from each other through a variety of things. 

“For me it’s just sport because she’s never taken part in the sports I’ve done so it’s allowed me to really find my own independence with that,” reveals Maddie.  “And it’s never really been a struggle for me cause sports are my life so it kind of just comes naturally to me.”

“It wasn’t very hard for me to find my identity because we do different sports and I’m gonna have separate cheer friends than she has volleyball friends,” adds Alex in agreement with her sister. “Also with classes like if we’re in different classes we’re gonna meet new people and grow,”

“We’re always there for each other for no matter what and we know that we’ll always have each others backs in any situation,” Alex expresses earnestly. “Our opposites kinda fit with each other and help us grow closer.”

The Williams twins say that they don’t possess twin telepathy, an unfortunate let down when trying to measure the superiority of twins. To make up for the disappointment, Michael adds, “Sometimes I can tell when he’s sick.”

When it comes to twin telepathy the Mendonsa twins give conflicting answers and it’s clear the issue is something they disagree on. They give a little back and forth on their answer but the ultimate consensus is no twin telepathy. 

Alex initially says “sometimes” but Maddie is quick to correct her and chimes in: “No. she thinks we do but I….” 

Alex cuts off the argument and reaches the conclusion that “it’s happened a couple times, but I wouldn’t say it’s all the time.” 

Lori waits for the telepathy question in anticipation and is quick to respond with, “I knew that one was coming.“

“Actually I feel like for some things we kind of just know, but I don’t think its twin telepathy — it’s kind of just agreeing on things.”

Two things are obvious: managing high school is difficult and siblings share important bonds. Based on all the new information on twin life, it is now evident that the bond twins share is strong in its own unique way and having that someone special you know you can rely on is a helpful tool for surviving high school. The people lucky enough to be born with a twin can all agree that one of the biggest benefits is just having a built-in best friend. Even if twin telepathy isn’t a guarantee, twins still possess an unbreakable connection. 

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