By: Meghan Murphy –
Imagine if a mirror image of a person reached out and touched that person’s face and did not mimic his or her every movement.
That is the typical day of a twin. Being asked questions about the physical appearance in relation to one’s twin and what the relationship is like can be a common occurrence among multiples. What is it like for twins here at Seton – La Salle high school? Different sets of multiples weigh in on the daily life of being a twin in the Rebel community.
Toni Torchia describes being in the same grade as her sister, Tia, as ordinary now. They are referred to as TiTo. When asked about whether or not she would like to attend college with Tia she said, “Yes but I’m really unsure because I’ve never really been without her and I think it would be harder to go out and make friends without her.” The Torchia girls have in fact switched places in class and while playing sports.
The school has set aside one day each year dedicated to students dressing alike. Twin Day here at Seton – La Salle is held during Spirit week not too long after the school year begins. Students dress down to look the most alike and compete to see who has the most creative and impressive costumes. The Teletubbies, Ginger Busters, and many more characters and ideas have been shown in competition.
Dressing alike can be common among sets of multiples. There is an advantage for those who are very similar in appearance.
For Brandon and Jared Aiello, this is not the case. They never switch places because they look nothing alike. They would both like to go to the same college if it is possible. There can be a difference between being twins in a smaller school rather than a larger one. When asked about that, Brandon Aiello said, “Yeah, because it’s rare to find a bunch of twins in the same grade. I think it’s great and really adds diversity to our class.”
When looking into a mirror, the reflection stares right back. Everyone experiences it. Now picture that reflection walking down the hallway at school in the opposite direction, smiling, and saying hello. That is the daily life of a twin at Seton – La Salle high school.