He passes by wearing a cap, blue shirt and basketball shorts. Minutes later, he passes by with wavy hair, a red shirt, and khaki shorts.
People stare with wonder while they continue with their day, unaware of the phenomenon people believe they just experienced.
Identical twins Ben Wilson and Jesse Wilson, mechanical and architectural engineer majors, are students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) from Corpus Christi, Texas.
“[Growing up] was normal, like having any other brother,” Jesse said.
From a young age, both were aware of being identical and would select things that created contrast between them.
However, the parents had a specific image in mind for them.
“When we were little, our parents would dress us up with same clothes but in different colors, which got annoying,” Ben said. “They would dress him up in red and me in blue.”
“Which we got on today, red and blue,” Jesse added.
Now, although they do well in all academics, the artistic part of the brain has more presence in the personality of each twin.
Jesse has great interest in art while Ben has been influenced by music since middle school.
“They are both very alike, yet very different at the same time,” said Jesse A. Ochoa, computer science engineer and friend of the brothers.
While people see art as one category, there are different forms of art.
Music is structured while art is more abstract. The same might be said of Ben and Jesse.
Nonetheless, they believe they had similar behaviors before they entered middle school.
“The older we got, the more different we became,” Ben said. “When we were seven, we were more alike because we were always together.”
The Wilson brothers were home-schooled by their mother. After the twins’ sister was born, they were sent to public school.
Middle school was the time where the twins’ individuality was a stressful, surreal blur. People started to confuse both of them as they saw them passing by.
It takes people a short while in order for them to be able to recognize them.
“After about a week or so, I could tell them apart easily,” Ochoa said.
The twins admit to have used their appearance to their advantage and switched classes during a fire alarm at school.
“In my class, the teacher didn’t know why people were laughing,” Ben said. “They knew us for a while, so the students could tell the difference.”
The brothers experienced some of the confusion people in their life usually go through. They attended the same school as triplets that shared a small similarity with the twins.
“They were triplets, two of them had the name Ben and Jesse Wilson,” Jesse said. “We were in the same class, so it was confusing for everybody.”
The Wilson brothers do not have the paranormal communication gifts some twins proclaim to have. They see it more as a myth.
“I can’t feel if Ben is laying on the floor with dramatic pain,” Jesse joked. “I believe [those twins] can feel people maybe emotionally better than others.”
While the twins may have the same appearance, they each have their own identity. The brothers started college with different majors and each has a specific view of where they see themselves in the future.
Jesse was originally an art major but was not satisfied with his first year. As an architectural engineer student, he still plans on using his talent of art and keeps his laid-back attitude.
“I feel like a lot of people around me are stressed, which makes me stressed,” Jesse said. “I am just going with the flow, where it takes me.”
Like Jesse, Ben switched majors from mathematics to mechanical engineering. As a percussionist, it helped him with numbers.
“I changed from mathematics, but I kind of already knew where I wanted to go but didn’t know what field it was and which major it was,” Ben said. “And I already have an idea of where I want to be in 10 years.”
While many believe there are many benefits to being a twin, they do not see it as anything different.
“They think that their twin, if they had one, would do their work for them. If I give Ben my math homework while I go out and hang out he would be like, ‘okay, I will do it right now,’” Jesse joked.
They grew up together liking similar things but, through experiences and maturity, time transformed them into two different people.