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Lifelong dynamic duos prepare to go their separate ways to explore their own interests

By Naomi Chan

The class of 2013 includes several sets of twins, most of whom will go off to different colleges in the fall.  Following is a Q and A session with them.

Jenny and Jessica Chak

Q: What college are you planning to attend next fall?

Jenny: UC Santa Cruz

Jessica: College of Alameda

Q: Were you planning to go to the same college?

Jenny: We applied to the same schools and junior year we discussed going to the same school.

Q: How do you feel about going to different colleges?

Jenny: Sad. I cried.

Jessica: Upset. I cried.

Q: What are you going to miss most about being with your twin?

Jenny: Having her do things for me.

Jessica: I have to do everything by myself now.

Q: What are you going to miss the least?

Jenny: Fighting with her.

Jessica: Fighting.

Q: Favorite memory of your twin?

Jenny: Every moment is special.

Jessica: When we were six and we were both drowning and I pushed her head down so I could breathe.

Alex and Chris Chan

Q: What college are you planning to attend next fall?

Alex and Chris: UCLA

Q: How do you feel about going to the same college?

Alex: It feels great to have my brother with me.

Chris: It’s nice knowing you have someone by your side who’s been there for the past 17 years.

Q: Were you planning to go to the same college?

Alex: We were going to go where the wind blew us but the wind blew us together.

Chris: Before we didn’t really care if we split up.

Q: Do you plan to room together?

Chris: Yes. We’re going to continue our 17-year streak.

Q: What activities in college are you looking forward to doing together?

Alex and Chris: Defeating the elite eight, catching all the Pokémon, throwing a ninja star, intramurals, community service, undergrad research and jumping into the fountain.

Q: Since you’re going to the same school, how often will you stay in touch?

Chris: We’re always spending time with each other.

Alex: Out of 24 hours a day, 25 hours.

Q: Favorite memory of your twin?

Alex: Me and my brother used to play this imaginary game called journey where we would pretend we were in a different world and we would go on a journey to fight monsters and stuff. We would use nerf guns and light sabers as weapons and we used to run from room to room climbing on couches and beds and hiding under tables and stuff.

Chris: It’d be when we went to Vegas to celebrate our older brother’s graduation.

Joe and Jim Ruck

Q: What college are you planning to attend next fall?

Jim: UCLA

Joe: University of Denver

Q: How do you feel about going to different colleges?

Jim: I will miss him but I know he’s going on a great career path and I’m excited for him.

Joe: It should be a nice change but I will miss turning to my left and saying goodnight to him. We’ve shared a room our whole life.

Q: What led you to go to different colleges?

Jim: Well basically he wants to cook. Joe’s more career oriented. I entered in for a ROTC scholarship.

Q: Did you ever consider going to the same college?

Jim: No because I’m smarter than him.

Joe: We never told ourselves we weren’t going to go to the same college but because we both have different goals and aspirations, we just always assumed we wouldn’t.

Q: What are you going to miss the most about being with your twin?

Jim: There’re a lot of things. His cooking, the built in friend factor, his singing…sometimes.

Joe: All of our inside jokes, falling asleep to Les Mis, driving in the jeep top down, his laugh, his smile.

Q: What are you going to miss the least?

Jim: His random tweets and snapchats of me.

Joe: He smells.

Q: How do you plan to stay in touch and how often?

Jim: Twin-stincts.

Q: Favorite memory of your twin?

Jim: Playing football when we are on the line next to each other or when he sang “It hurts me” in the musical.

Joe: Every moment with Jim is my favorite.

Kaitlin and Taylor Owyang

Q: What college are you planning to attend next fall?

Kaitlin: UC Davis

Taylor: UC Riverside

Q: How do you feel about going to different colleges?

Kaitlin: SCARED.

Taylor: Kind of sad. It’s going to be weird without having her because I won’t have my other half with me. We do everything together.

Q: What led you to go to different colleges?

Kaitlin: Originally we were supposed to go to the same school (UC Riverside), but then I got off the waitlist into Davis.

Q: What are you going to miss most about being with your twin?

Kaitlin: Her presence.

Taylor: Her dorkyness. Having her order for me. Her presence.

Q: What are you going to miss the least?

Kaitlin: Sharing stuff.

Taylor: Her being so slow at things.

Q: Favorite memory of your twin?

Kaitlin: Our jinx moments. We’re not going to have any more of those.

Taylor: Just playing soccer and sports with her. And talking and gossiping.

Lauren and Chris Parsons

Q: What college are you planning to attend next fall?

Lauren: UCLA

Chris: University of Washington

Q: How do you feel about going to different colleges?

Lauren: I don’t look at college as going away from Chris. I’m looking forward to separating but we’re still going to maintain a really close relationship.

Chris: It feels exciting but it is going to be really different after spending the last 18 years two rooms away from each other.

Q: What led you to go to different colleges?

Lauren: We have different interest and preferences in colleges. It wasn’t a conscious decision but it worked out that way.

Chris: We were sick of each other.

Q: Did you ever consider going to the same school?

Lauren: No, never.

Chris: No. If we ever got into the same college we were going to play rock paper scissors to see who would go there and who would go to a different school.

Q: What are you going to miss most about being with your twin?

Lauren: Probably going on a run every day after school and discussing what’s going on in our lives. It’s like living with a friend.

Chris: Someone to talk to on really personal stuff.

Q: What are going to miss the least?

Lauren: Fighting over the computer and giving him a ride everywhere.

Chris: Not sharing everything, like the computer.

Q: Favorite memory of your twin?

Lauren: Us finding out each other’s college acceptances and being happy for each other.

Chris: When I roundhouse kicked her tooth out.

Colleen and Helen Chung

Q: What college are you planning to attend next fall?

Colleen: Sacramento State

Helen: UC Davis

Q: How do you feel about going to different colleges?

Colleen: I feel like I’m going to miss her but I’m going to meet new people and experience different things.

Helen: I’m ok with it. I recognize that sooner or later, we can’t always be attached at the hip. I think it’ll be an interesting but tough experience. I know my sister will always be there for me, so I’m content.

Q: What led you to go to different colleges?

Colleen: Our majors. (Colleen plans to study nursing and Helen plans to study civil engineering)

Q: Did you ever consider going to the same school?

Colleen: For a little bit we considered going to the same school but then we decided not to.

Helen: I did, but ultimately, we both felt it would be better to explore and gain a better sense of individuality and independence.

Q: What are you going to miss most about being with your twin?

Colleen: Spending time with her and laughing together.

Helen: The fact that she can always make me laugh!

Q: What are you going to miss the least?

Colleen: Sharing stuff with her.

Helen: The fact that she sometimes sleeps on my bed.

Q: Favorite memory of your twin?

Colleen: Running the Red Cross club with her.

Helen: Working side by side as Red Cross co-presidents, definitely baking, and large events like prom, weddings, dinners. I remember when we were younger we’d always do each other’s hair, nails, and choose each other’s outfits.

Kat and Alexandra
Kat and Alexandra Dimitruk

Q: What college are you planning to attend next fall?

Kat: Hampshire College in Massachusetts

Alexandra: My plans are to get my cosmetology license from Laney College and hopefully get a job in that field while taking more advanced classes at the SF Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology.

Q: How do you feel about going to different colleges?

Kat: Alexandra moved to Encinal in the middle of our sophomore year so I feel like I’ve been slowly prepared for seeing her less and less. But it’s going to be weird knowing that she’s 3,000 miles away.

Alexandra: The fact that Kat and I will be on opposite ends of the country will be a little weird adjusting to, but we’ve been going to different schools for about two and a half years now, so it won’t be so off putting.

Q: What led you to go to different colleges?

Alexandra: We both wanted to study different subjects and both sought out different processes for college.

Q: Did you ever consider going to the same college?

Kat: No. Not at all. We have so many different interests and I don’t think we could stand going to the same college. We definitely want to break away and find our own separate identities.

Q: What are you going to miss most about being with your twin?

Kat: We argue a lot but there’s a sort of bond that we have that I can’t really articulate. Definitely her personality.

Alexandra: I’ll miss sharing a room with her and hanging out and watching TV the most.

Q: What are you going to miss the least?

Kat: We share a room and we have different sleeping schedules.

Alexandra: Her clutter and busy schedule.

Q: Favorite memory of your twin?

Kat: No one in our entire life has been immediately been able to guess that we’re twins. On a flight to New Jersey a flight attendant guessed that we were twins which never really happens. Later we found out that my mom had told the flight attendant.

Alexandra: I will always remember a lot about Kat, but her less than recent affinity for buying VHS tapes is hilarious to me. Her excitement for finding a movie that we have on DVD, but not yet on tape will stay with me.

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