18 years together, 4 years apart

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Senior Avery Juan and her twin Alex will celebrate their last time together over the summer before separating in the fall. Courtesy of Avery Juan ’16

From sharing a room to living thousands of miles apart, four sets of Convent of the Sacred Heart senior siblings will enter on a new stage in their relationships while attending separate colleges this fall.
Sacred Heart senior Olivia Thurman and her twin, Rye Neck High School senior Anabel, are preparing to spend the next four years apart. Olivia will study at Harvard University while Anabel will continue her education at Duke University.
Although Olivia appreciates her close relationship with Anabel, she believes that having a twin generated a hectic college application season. 
“It definitely made the college process a lot more stressful because my family was dealing with two kids applying to college at the same time with no experience beforehand,” Olivia said. “We spent pretty much our entire Christmas break sitting at the dining room table writing supplements.”
Despite the fact that they will be attending different colleges, Olivia has already experienced what life is like without her twin by choosing to attend Sacred Heart for her junior and senior years of high school.
“By switching schools without her, I got an idea of what it’s like having friends who aren’t also friends with my twin, but it’s definitely going to be different being in a place where people just know me and not my sister,” Olivia said. “When you’re a twin people always associate the two of you together so it’s going to be a little weird having a life completely independent of Anabel.”
Like Olivia and Anabel, senior Sydney Goldman and her twin brother Tristan have already experienced attending different schools. Tristan is currently a senior at Archbishop Stepinac High School.
“We’ve always gone to school together up until tenth grade, but we didn’t mind it because while we had a lot of similar friends, we were still able to keep our own personal lives,” Sydney said. “Despite our differences, it’s definitely going to be weird not coming home to him everyday, but we’ve aways had pretty independent lives, so I know we are ready.”
Sydney noted that her mom and her older sister helped alleviate the stress of senior fall and aided her and Tristan during the application process.
Sydney also expected that she and Tristan would have separate college plans. In the fall, Tristan will attend Marquette University while Sydney will study at St. Joseph’s University or the University of Arizona.
“We of course applied to a few similar schools, but because we were both aiming for different things, we knew the chance of us ending up in the same school would be slim to none,” Sydney said. “I feel like when people think of twins they assume they’re together 24/7 and have one life, but for Tristan and I that wasn’t the case. Aside from being in the same school, we had always separated ourselves from each other as much as we could have. I am excited about a new chapter in our life that is completely our own.”
Seniors Ana and Nicole Schonander attend Sacred Heart while their triplet, Lars, attends

In the fall, seniors Ana and Nicole Schonander will head their separate ways by living 449 miles apart. Courtesy of Nicole Schonander '16
In the fall, seniors Ana and Nicole Schonander will head their separate ways by living 449 miles apart.
Courtesy of Nicole Schonander ’16

Fordham Preparatory School. Ana and Nicole have attended the same schools for their educational careers up until now.
“College is going to be the first time I go to school alone basically so it is going to be a different experience for me not having my siblings around to tell them what happened at school or just random stuff that is on my mind,” Ana said.
While Ana attends Cornell University in the fall and Nicole studies at the University of Richmond, they will miss their daily traditions.
“I will miss driving into school with my sister just blasting music even though I am not thrilled when I have to be at school early with her for her to go to Madrigals and when we go into each other’s rooms when we are bored or need help,” Ana said.
Senior Avery Juan and her twin Alex, who attends Brunswick School, supported each other throughout senior year.
Senior Avery Juan and her twin Alex will celebrate their last time together over the summer before separating in the fall. Courtesy of Avery Juan '16
Senior Avery Juan and her twin Alex will celebrate their last time together over the summer before separating in the fall.
Courtesy of Avery Juan ’16

“I loved having a sibling who was going through the college process with me. We visited colleges together and helped each other write essays. We both could bond over how stressful the process was,” Avery said. “Further, he helped me to decide what schools I should apply to. And, most importantly, he helped me decide which school I should attend. His support and advice was instrumental to my college process.”
Until they head their separate ways in the fall, with Avery at Tufts University and Alex at Williams College, they will relish their time together.
“I think that my life will be very different without my sibling. I have never gone longer then two weeks without seeing my brother. Next year will definitely be an adjustment for us. However, even though our relationship will change, I know that we will adapt and continue to remain close.”
-Morgan Johnson, Co-News Editor