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Being a twin at Mount Holyoke

LuckyLiteratureLuckyLiterature 10 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
This is a very niche question but here goes. My sister and I will be going to Mount Holyoke together. We planned on ending up at different colleges, but Mount Holyoke wound up being both of our best options after all our decisions came out, and we both really love the school. We have different interests, and will likely end up with different majors (I'm going in as a political science major, she's undecided). Will it be hard for us to have separate college experiences where it's a smaller school? Is the school big enough that we won't be seen as the same entity?
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I think you can do it. You should request to live in different dorms, and at least have some separate ECs. Make separate friends at the start if possible. Congratulations—MHC is a great school!!
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  • MAmom111MAmom111 142 replies10 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Just curious, are you identical twins? If not, I don't think it will be a problem, people won't know your related unless you tell them. I went to small school with a first cousin and no one knew we were related, we barely ever saw each other. If you are identical, that might be a different story, but if you've both already decided to go there, there's not much you can do about it besides what was suggested above, different dorms, different friends, etc.
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  • LuckyLiteratureLuckyLiterature 10 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited March 24
    @MAmom111 We're identical but we don't look that much alike, definitely planning on different dorms.
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  • LuckyLiteratureLuckyLiterature 10 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @intparent thank you! We're planning on different dorms and will likely end up with almost entirely different ECs because of different interests and majors
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  • FireflyLightsFireflyLights 210 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    It's perfectly possible to live separate lives on campus. Try to live in different dorms (this is hard to swing 100%, since outside of Living/Learning Communities and accessibility, you have little control over where you live first year). Take different classes, join different clubs. I actually know a pair of twins through entirely separate things and while I was vaguely aware they were related I didn't realize they were twins until I saw them together at an event.

    If you have different interests, then the biggest hurdle will be resisting the urge to lean in to the familiar to the exclusion of new relationships in your first semester, but you seem to be very aware and conscious of what you want. I think you'll be fine!
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  • phoriaphoria 66 replies2 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Hey! One of my best friends at Smith, her Smith friends include a pair of identical twins. They're both super accomplished but in different fields and while they do go out together occasionally on weekends and share some friends, they've had seriously different college experiences. It's totally doable, esp if you're interested in different extra curriculars, and it'd probably be nice to have at least one close person on campus at all times (unless you aren't close in which you're just like any other college student starting up).
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  • momneeds2nomomneeds2no 779 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    For the first year you maybe in the same dorm. After that you can select via lottery. With different majors you will likely have different classes. If you each follow your own intetests (clubs, athletics, etc) you'll have different contacts. You very well may end up in different but intersecting social circles.
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