Each twin made their way to the interview ready to share a unique life story. However, they saw three different people in the room and wondered how they were all connected.
They cross paths each week in the same building with no knowledge of their similarities and before the record button even turned on, they became curious and started the interview on their own.
“You’re a twin too?”
Music majors Ada Aguilar Uribe, David Hernandez, Orlando Medrano and Irving Rodriguez are twins at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK).
“[In high school], I wasn’t aware of the fact that there were twins around, but I was in the same situation we are now,” Rodriguez said.
According to babycenter.com, as of 2010, twins accounted for about 1 in 30 births in the United States. The chances of having twins have increased by 76 percent over the past 30 years.
Medrano is the only fraternal twin out of the four pairs. The identical twins experienced health issues when they were born.
“I was positioned wrong in the womb and couldn’t breathe, I came out as a blue baby,” said Uribe. “I was in the hospital for three weeks or more.”
Uribe acquired a malignant tumor that resulted from the complications she had as a baby.
Rodriguez was delivered prematurely and Hernandez was born weighing only two pounds. Even though these twins had health issues, their identical siblings had a normal development in the womb and were born healthy.
However, while they were growing up, when they did not have a similarity, their differences balanced each pair off.
“I have a small mole on my left and my sister has one on her right,” Uribe said. “And I am left handed and she is right handed.”
Hernandez was in the same situation and added he is right handed while his brother is left handed.
In school, the faculty tried not to put each sibling in different classes. Teachers got surprised when the end of the year results for the standardized test arrived.
“I remember in fourth and fifth grade, we got the same scores in the TAKS and we were in different classrooms,” Hernandez said. “We missed the exact same questions.”
The identical twins showed remarkable connections with the brain and also say they have a connection with each other’s senses even when they are far away.
Uribe’s sister was in soccer practice while she was in band when she hurt her ankle. “She called me asking me if I had hurt my ankle because her ankle randomly started hurting,” Uribe said.
They describe the relationship they had with their twin as a very close one. Their family described them as a tag team since they would work together to achieve something mischievous or clever.
“We used to pick on my little brother a lot, until he grew up to be taller than us,” Hernandez said. “Now he is above 6 feet tall.”
Medrano said his experience with his brother were not similar to the relationships the other three twins have with their siblings.
“When I was younger, I hated my brother, we didn’t have a connection,” Medrano said. “That’s why I say twins are like any other brother.”
After graduating high school, they came to TAMUK without their twin. After years of growing up and competing with each other, they are not around each other as much as they used to.
“At first I was glad that I don’t have to deal with him anymore,” Rodriguez said. “But now I kind of miss him.”
They all had the twin gene running in their lineage. In the near future, an increase of twins is to be expected in the world, according to babycenter.com.
Even if seeing twins becomes a new norm, the curiosity behind the nature and nurture debate will still be present.