Twin hearts not always twin minds

Samantha Tosado

Twins, nature’s handmade clones, are often eerily similar-thinking each other’s thoughts, wearing each other’s clothes and exhibiting the same quirks and odd habits. These individuals were born together, raised together, and now, even go to college together.

Senior anthropology major Beth Lomske and her identical sister Sarah Lomske, junior conservation major, have been sharing a room since the day they were born.

“We both live in Manchester, but on different floors,” said the Lomske twins. “We’ve been sharing a room all our lives so we didn’t want to be roommates.”

The twins said they fight much less by not living in the same room.

Although they aren’t roommates, this doesn’t affect the time that they spend together.

“It’s not anything tragic. We still see each other,” they said.

The Lomskes explained that they think it’s a good change that they’re not together all the time.

“We’re starting to have a lot of different interests now,” the girls said.

Despite separate interests, the girls said twins have a special connection and often think about things the same way.

“We both wore the same outfit one day recently and not on purpose,” they said. “We also graduated with the same GPA in high school and had the same exact dental patterns when we were younger.”

Sophomore conservation major, Emma Corrigan and Carrie Corrigan, her identical twin sister and art history major, have similar thoughts about their own twin behavior.

They not only share a strong bond with one another, but they said their relationship is inevitable.

“We have been roommates for both years,” the twins said. “We already get along great. We rarely ever fight.”

The Corrigans said they are inseparable and never do anything without each other.

“We’re best friends and always will be,” they said. “We finish each others sentences and always say the same things.”

The girls said they also have the same sense of humor and their own language that no one else understands.

Despite the overwhelming array of similarities, the girls also have some differences.

“Emma is more athletic and better at math and science,” Carrie explained.

“And Carrie is more creative,” Emma said.

Even though both the Lomske and Corrigan twins have similar mindsets, some twins have an opposite opinion about life as a twin.

Fraternal twins Gunther Henkel-Moellmann and Miriam Henkel-Moellmann, both freshman theater dance majors, said the only reason they see each other so much is because they have both been involved in musical theater a good portion of their lives.

“The program was appealing to both of us and that’s why we both picked the same school,” they said.

The twins said if they weren’t both interested in theater, they would have gone to different schools, but said going to the same school makes it easier to adjust to college life.

“It would be weird going to different schools because we wouldn’t see each other as much and see what’s going on.”

As for that “special connection” some twins say they share, the Henkel-Moellmanns remain doubtful.

“Those twins that say they can read each other’s thoughts are lying,” they said. “No twins have special powers.”

And the idea of twins fighting less?

Gunther and Miriam disagreed. They said that — just like any sibling — they have their moments.

“We could tell (when) we’re in a bad mood,” they said.

Although the twins can live independently, they still said that it’s weird not having each other around as much.

“We don’t wake up in the morning and have breakfast together like we did in high school,” Miriam replied.

The twins also admitted that nothing can ever stop their “silly” antics.

“We still have our moments where we can be pretty ridiculous together,” Gunther said.

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