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Double Trouble: Twins tell all about what it’s like to be a pair at A-State

Keith Turner | #Life Columnist | Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 9:45 am

What’s it like for twins in college? Not that different, according to Bryce and Reece Hickman. They’re twins from Mountain Home, Arkansas, and are currently sophomores at A-State. 

“In college, as compared to high school, we’re not with each other as often, so we’re not known as ‘The Twins’. People actually know us individually,” said Reece, an English major. 

The two said it sometimes takes people a while to realize that they are twins. 

“I’d say it’s even less special than it was like -- three or four years ago.”

Bryce, a psychology major, said since he’s been in college an experience that he’s had to get used to is revealing to new people that he has a twin. “I never had to do that when I was in high school, because everyone already knew,” Bryce said. 

Both agreed that being a twin in college was “cool,” though it doesn’t award them any extra benefits.

Fraternal twins Audrey and Allen Kirk, both of Beebe, agreed. They said it’s not much different than anyone else in college.

Audrey, a math major, said even though they spend less time together now than they used to, it’s “nice to know that if I had a flat tire, there’s somebody that I could call.”

Both sets of twins agreed that they spend less time together in college than they used to. However, the Kirks say it hasn’t had that much of an impact on their relationship, while the Hickmans say it has.

“I started to become a little bit more aware of the fact that we did pretty much everything together,” Reece said. The Hickman brothers roomed together freshman year, but were put in separate buildings this year. It’s the first time in 19 years that either of them have lived apart from the other. But both agreed that might not be a bad thing.

“Even though we’re going to the same college, I think we’re doing a pretty good job of making sure we don’t fall into the trap of having to be dependent on one another to get through stuff,” Bryce said.

“Yeah, it’s been better for us. College kind of let us wade into that pool of, like, being by ourselves. So together we can still kind of help each other out, but not use each other as a crutch anymore,” said Hickman. 

The Hickmans originally came to A-State together for the marketing program, but decided to go their separate ways after their first year. 

The Kirks were a different story, however.

“I think we intended not to go to the same college, actually,” said Audrey. But when they both got scholarships to A-State, they knew they couldn’t turn it down.

“I wouldn’t say it’s really that different than just being a brother and sister. But it’s kinda cool that we’re going through the same thing at the same time. So even if we’re not together, it’s still a shared experience,” Audrey said.

“It’s really no different than living in the same town as your brother or sister. We see each other every once in awhile, but there’s no telepathic connections going on,” Allen said.

Reece said that twins don’t get treated any differently than anyone else -- if anything, they’re put on a pedestal. He said people are more interested in them just because of the way they were born, and his brother agreed with him.

“Yeah, I mean, even this interview. It’s taking place because we were born like this,” Bryce said.