Built-in Buddy or Tiresome Twin?: Twin Dubs Highlight the Ups and Downs of Experiencing School Together


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Twins’ Trials and Triumphs: Pictured above are juniors (and twins) Chance and Brett McPherson who provide insight into what it’s like to journey through high school with a constant counterpart.

It’s tough enough competing with academically competitive classmates for the best scores, but if you think comparing yourself to a friend is rough, imagine how it would feel to live in a constant contention zone. This is what many perceive to be the dynamic that special womb-sharing Dubs of NAHS have experienced since they entered the shared classroom environment, but the twins themselves have other perspectives on this culture of competition. 

When it comes to the highly coveted test scores, it appears that friends argue more about their brainiac abilities than NAHS twins. Fraternal pairs report less petty comparisons and more objective reasoning of who is better at a specific class or skill. “Just for fun, I’ll ask her what she got on a quiz or test when we get home from school,” said junior Chance McPherson. “If one of us does pretty bad, we usually just laugh it off, no big deal.”

When it comes to the habits of womb-sharing Dubs, there are random points of comparison and contrast between daily tendencies. Twins seem to appreciate their individuality as they mature, but some practices will always remain a coveted twin tradition. “We kind of merge our habits sometimes, and others we are completely separate,” said junior Brett McPherson. “We usually show up to class late in the morning (oops), but I am constantly organized while he couldn’t care less about writing in an agenda.”

Don’t be jealous, but NAHS twins get it easy when it comes to finding a 24/7 built-in study buddy. Need help with a history assignment? Want a partner in biology? If the respective twins can get along well enough to complete the assignment, efficiency will be their best friend. Although NAHS female twins tend to appreciate independent work, they find it worth it to share the workload every so often. “My twin weighs on me for homework, but at the end of the day, two brains are better than one to get things done,” said junior Christiane Rosse.

While some may dream of heading off to college with a best friend, most twins aren’t thinking in parallel. It seems like living in the same house has left twin Dubs feeling hopeful that true independence from their family will begin after they toss the cap. “I want to go to Florida, but, no offense, I hope she doesn’t follow,” said Chance McPherson. “We need to live our own lives at some point.” 

At the end of the day, twins share an unbreakable bond that is somewhat strengthened by the reality of having a permanent homework partner. Whether they appreciate it or not, the McPherson and Rosse twins have a competitive advantage at school and a tried and true sibling relationship that will keep them on their toes no matter their age. So, are twins at NAHS crazy lucky, or are they burdened by their pesky sidekick? Whatever the answer may be, it’s #wombmates forever for these Dubs.