Seeing double? Twins take over Eastwood

You're racing down main hall, propelling through the traffic jams at every intersection, when you are unceremoniously pushed into the person in front of you. She's tall, has light brown hair, and is wearing a bright pink t-shirt. You offer a curt apology and notice how hazel her eyes are. She smiles sweetly and you continue on into the masses. You turn into fifth hall, grateful that you've finally reached your destination and bolt through the doorway, when you trip on someone's shoe. With an exasperated sigh you turn to apologize, yet again, and are greeted by the same hazel eyes, same brown hair, and same tall stature; except she's wearing a green jacket and she glares at you before your apology even reaches her ears."Wasn't she just wearing pink?" you think to yourself. "Am I going crazy?" It could just be the hallway madness, but an even likelier answer is that you've just crossed paths with one of the  reported seventeen sets of twins among the student body.

Twins are a phenomenon that occur in only 2% of all pregnancies. Of that number, about 70% are fraternal and the remaining 30% are identical. Fraternal twins are derived from two separately fertilized eggs, while identical twins arise from a single, split fertilized egg. Identical twins are more likely to be female than male, but will always be the same gender. Fraternal twins have a 25% chance of being either male or female, and a 50% chance of being one female and one male. Studies believe that identical female twins are more likely than any other type, but Eastwood's demographic shows an interesting split. Of the 17 pairs, 7 are girls, 8 are boys, and 2 consist of a boy and a girl. To add to the mix of multiple birthed siblings, there is a set of triplets, who are all identical males.

Twins are said to share a bond that other siblings would be incapable of understanding. Fraternal twin Abram Bueno, described the relationship he shares with his brother.

"We have the best of both worlds because we share that bond that only twins can really understand," Bueno said. "It's different from a brother. You grew up with this person, you're pretty much with them all the time. I think it's really awesome."

Identical twin Danielle Nieto, shares the same sentiments about her sister.

"You do share a more special bond than with any other sibling. It's like a best friend that goes home with you," Nieto said. "You fight, you gang up on the other, you work together to get something out of your parents, but you share the same face. I enjoy it."

Along with the bond, there are many perks to being a twin, such as having a built in best friend. Danielle Nieto joked about how close she is with her twin.

"We know everything about each other," Nieto said. "For example, I can tell you what would destroy Erin's life right now."

Fraternal twin Ainsley Bowar believes that this connection stems from how intimately the siblings are able to relate to each other as opposed to with a younger or older sibling.

"You're going through the same things at the same time," Bowar said. "I think that's pretty neat."

However, having a strong relationship with one another does not necessarily support the stereotype of "twin telepathy," which identical twin Isabela Ugarte and most other twins believe to be non-existent. Danielle Nieto, however, explained an instance in which she and her sister "felt each other's pain."

"In 5th grade, Erin had hip surgery and I got really bad pain and had to be sent home," Nieto said. "I couldn't even walk. It was weird; you could try punching her and see what happens."

IMG_9961Fraternal twins Abram and Arturo Bueno agreed that they do not share a paranormal connection.

"We just think alike, we know how to read each other," Abram Bueno said. "Body language, facial expressions, we know when something's wrong or how we feel."

His brother interjected to clarify.

"But if we're in separate rooms, it doesn't work like that," Arturo Bueno said with a laugh. "Maybe it's different for identical twins."

For many, the perks of having a twin far outweigh the downfalls. The unanimously described benefit was the comfort of knowing that they are never alone. They always have a friend to sit with, walk to school with, or go on an outing with. Ainsley Bowar supported this idea.

"There's always been this constant in our lives," Bowar said. "It's cool having a twin."

Not all twins are as optimistic, however. Fraternal twins, Elvia and Alexis Tenorio, both agree that they do not enjoy being twin siblings.

"I honestly dislike being a twin," Alexis Tenorio said. "My parents tend to treat us as one person and think that just because we're twins, we're going to share everything."

The consistent disadvantage expressed by the twins was being treated as a whole instead of individuals. Fraternal and identical twins alike stated that they are two separate individuals and expect to be treated as such, as explained by Isabela Ugarte.

"We like to be identified differently and as independents," Ugarte said. "Not just as twins."

Many, however, don't mind getting mistaken for their sibling, because it only happens every so often. Bethany Duarte even confessed to answering to her sister's name when called by it.

Fraternal twin Alyssa Ryan shared her experience with getting mistaken for her twin brother.

"We get mistaken quite often for a boy and a girl," Ryan said. "Since we're both in band, we have to wear the uniform and hats, so it gets hard to tell us apart."

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Most people believe in the notion that, personality wise, twins are complete opposites, while others believe that because they were born from the same womb, they must be the same in every aspect. In fact, movies and television shows often support these stereotypes in portraying twins either drastically different or excessively similar. In reality, it all depends on each individual twin and their relationship with their sibling.

Fraternal twin Emma Bowar said that her and her sister are not as close as other twins. While she embraces the differences between her and Ainsley, she admits that it can be frustrating.

"I think the idea of twins is very idealized," Bowar said. "When we don't agree, it's like 'Why are you not like me, why don't you agree with me?'"

Alternatively, identical twins Bethany and Amaris Duarte are so alike in style that they argue about who will wear an outfit first, or who can style their hair a certain way that day.

Many twins stated that they were the opposite from their twin in many ways; for example in the colors they like, music they listen to, clothes they wear, or activities that they're involved in. While Erin Nieto likes "pumped, positive music," her sister, Danielle, likes "mellow, dramatic music." While Isabela Ugarte is into academics and fashion, Mariana Ugarte is into sports. While Emma Bowar is more introverted and laidback, Ainsley Bowar is an extrovert and described by her sister as "very loud."

It is these differences and similarities that can cause frequent arguments between the pair. Abram Bueno described the partnership with his brother.

"We're kind of like a married couple," Bueno said. "We fight about things all the time, we have our differences, but at the end of the day, we're brothers."

Identical twins are notorious for switching places and tricking their friends, teachers, and even family. However, being a twin, fraternal or identical, comes with its fair share of unique experiences. Amaris Duarte shared the funniest incident that being a twin has caused.

"We were at a store, and we were both facing each other," Duarte said. "We thought we were looking in a mirror. It wasn't until we moved that we realized it wasn't a mirror."

Many people wish that they had a twin to share their life with, a sort of partner in crime. For the small percentage of the world lucky enough to be a twin, they realize both downfalls and benefits that sharing a birthday entails. However, none of the siblings would choose to be an only child if granted the choice. With utter sincerity, Abram Bueno expressed his gratitude for his twin brother, Arturo.

"Well, I think he's really my best friend, so that's that."