A Double Take on the Twins of TA

Cowritten by Delainey Curit and Deanna Curit

“We were in the hospital for three months, after being born prematurely at just one pound each. When we went home we had a nurse that came to our house everyday to help monitor us. When I was born my lungs weren’t fully developed so I had water in my lungs and one collapsed,” said junior Gabby Poulin, who is a fraternal twin. “It was tough for my parents because they never knew if we would be okay, everything was always like a rollercoaster ride.”

Maja Fournier ’21 and her twin sister Emma Fournier ’21

Each set of twins shares a different story, whether they’re fraternal or identical, or born premature or not premature which is a common thing for twins. Throughout school, most twins are very close, they live together, and go to school together, sometimes even do the same activities, which makes the change from high school to college challenging. After high school twins have to make the hard decision of whether to split up, or stay together in whatever they choose to do next.

Being born a twin leaves more of a risk for premature births and complications, which can make twins feel extra bonded since they face and overcome adversity together even in their first days. According to the March of Dimes, “close to 60 percent of all twins and more than 90 percent of triplets are born prematurely (before 37 weeks).”

“Me and my fraternal twin Emma were not born prematurely,” said freshman Maja Fournier who none-the-less said, “we have our arguments but in the end we are very close. Being a twin means you’re never alone.”.

Like all girl and boy twin combinations sophomore Joe Reny and his sister Emily Reny and Gabby and her brother Noah Poulin are fraternal twins. However not

Joe Reny ’20 and his fraternal twin Emily Reny ’20

all twins that are the same gender are identical, for example, freshman Maja Fournier and her sister Emma Fournier are fraternal twins. According to betterhealth.gov, “ around two in three sets of twins are fraternal.”

Many twins like to stay together during their school years. According to education weekly,  “81 percent of preschool and kindergarten twins want to stay together in kindergarten, but 58 percent of twins are separated into different classes in kindergarten.”

Reflecting on how Poulin and her brother Noah have stayed connected throughout school she said, “ We were always in the same classes until third grade because my mom thought it was best if we split up after that so that we wouldn’t rely on each other to talk for one another and be more independent.”

“We were in the same class in first grade which was fun because we helped each other with everything but after that, this was the first year that we’ve been in the same classes. It’s fun having her in my classes but she can get annoying,” said Fournier.

Gabby Poulin ’19 and her twin brother Noah Poulin ’19

Being a twin means you always have a best friend. According to Health Spector in the UK, “Twins live longer than the general population, according to an analysis of almost 3,000 pairs of twins published in the journal Plos One. Identical twins had the biggest advantage, researchers at the University of Washington found. The reason, they suggested, was the social support that came with having a twin.” Therefore twins are more likely to live longer because of the support they have for one another.

But being so close with someone also makes for hard decisions as twins mature. Twins must decide whether they want to stay together after high school or split up. “Me and my fraternal twin Emma plan on splitting up after high school,” Fournier said.

“I think being a twin has brought us closer than any other siblings would be. We mess around and have more fun than my friends and their siblings have, which is a good thing because I like having someone I can always rely on, even when we are fighting. Although we are close we plan to go to separate colleges, it’s hard having a guy twin when you are a girl because it can be hard to have the same interests so i also think that has helped us make our decision for the future. We just have different interests,” said Poulin.

The relationships that twins have whether fraternal or identical make for tough decisions, but in the end having someone so close to you is all that really matters to these twins.

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