Two lives, one day


Coco LeGrand

Many twins have different personalities, but there are some, like Anya and Leah, who are similar.

Two siblings, twins, walk in the hallway every day trying to get to class. Imagine how they feel trying to establish their own personality when they’re seen as two halves of the same person. If people pay attention, they see a glimpse of their true personality. For twins like Izzy and Carter Munroe, this is how they go about their daily lives.

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Izzy Munroe, junior, wakes up then gets in the shower to start off her morning routine while her twin, Carter, is still asleep. The two sibling spend their days in separate classes at school, then together at rowing practice after.

“I usually wake up a little bit early and [Carter] doesn’t always end up doing the same,” Izzy said. “But it’s not really consistent, we’re [not] gonna wake up at the same time and brush our teeth simultaneously.”

Avery Haden, sophomore, wakes up at 5:50 a.m. to get ready for another day at school. She starts her morning routine by taking a quick shower  After finishing his morning routine, her twin Brooks quickly gets in the car with her to get to school.

“[Avery] definitely [wakes] up earlier [by around] 30 minutes,” Brooks said. “[I wake up around] 6:30 [because] I take a bit longer to [get ready.] We [both] shower in the morning.”

Anya Broll, senior, has many things in common with her sister, Leah, including where they sleep. On weekdays, she is awakened by the sound of her alarm, then starts her morning routine by her sister’s side.

“Our alarms are set at the same time,” Leah said. “We’re in the same friend group. The only people that we really get to know on an individual basis are people that we have separate classes with.”

The Haden twins might not see each other much at school, but they still remain close.

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Having more classes changes the amount of time the twins can interact. Some can’t find time to talk with one another, while others can. The Broll twins share most of the same classes.

“[In] the math class we’re in, there’s only one section of it, so we have to be in that [together]. That’s the case with some of [our] other classes too.” Anya said. “This year we have five classes together, and the only classes we don’t have [together] are IP and English.”

“High school has given us opportunities outside of the classroom, like with activities, to kind of explore our own interests even though we are interested in a lot of the same things,” Leah said. “We have made friends that way too.”

“We don’t have [many] classes [together], we have one. If we [have to write] an essay, we [can] peer [review] together,” Izzy said.

Carter said he loves the amount of classes that are offered at KHS. He likes to make other friends at school as well as remaining close to Izzy.  “A lot of times when we were share classes, [being with each other] would kind of get repetitive. [I like to] make other friends.” said Carter.

Brooks and Avery both love history classes. Brooks appreciates that Avery is willing to help him with other subjects that he struggles with in school.

“Never underestimate how your [sibling] can help you with schoolwork,” Brooks said. “[I’m better at] band and French.”

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Anya and Leah share many of the same friends who they sit with at lunch. They don’t have any other separate friends. “We’re in the same friend group, so we share most of the same friends [that we sit with at lunch,” Anya said. “The only people that we really get to know on an individual basis are people that we have separate classes in.”

Brooks and Avery often make friends through one another. Avery said they also share the same core group of friends that they hang out with during lunch, which is one of the few times they get to see each other at school.

“We definitely have our own groups of people, but we have [some mutual friends] as well,” Brooks said.

Izzy and Carter spend lunch at school separetely. “During lunch, we might have the same lunches and we might see each other. But we don’t really interact.” said Carter.

Twins like Carter and Izzy remain close, even when making new friends.

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All three sets of twins have their differences, such as their favorite school subjects and extracurriculars. Anya and Leah both love math and science classes.

“We’re both gonna do engineering next year at [Iowa State University]. We’ve also both played piano our entire lives. [When you do all of these things, it’s important] to have someone there to support you that won’t judge you in any way and understands what you’re going through.”

Along with their interests, all twins have different learning styles. Some of them, such as Leah and Anya, however, learn the same way as their twin.

“I’d say I’m very much a visual and hands-on learner. We learn pretty similarly, and that actually helps us with studying,” Anya said. “We can study together and [study] the same things and help each other learn better.”

Carter and Izzy are both like-minded. They often have the same opinions. “A lot of times, we’ll have the same, ideas on people. We have a lot of the same [learning styles] in school too,” Carter said.

Brooks and Avery both have different learning styles. “We definitely have different interests when it comes to academics. I’m more of the traditional academic side where he’s more of the extracurricular,” Avery said. “[Brooks prefers to learn] through [looking at] images and [making observations].”

Even when twins are trying new things on their own such as new interests and classes, they stay loyal to each other. Anya said that when she and Leah interact with other people, it can be hard for people to see them as individuals.

“ I think other siblings might not be associated with each other as closely as twins are. ” Anya said “Make sure you’re always there for each other, even if you’re exploring your own things.”