Have you ever walked around campus and thought you saw someone twice? It could be that they were twins, like sophomores Tyler and Colin Kless. According to the Health Research Fund, one in 90 Americans are fraternal twins and one in 350 are identical.
"We didn't really decide to go to Elon Together," Colin Kless said. "It just kind of happened."
The Kless twins were recruited in high school by Elon University’s band director to replace graduating seniors. Elon was looking for a trumpet and tuba player, and the Kless twins happened to be a perfect fit.
Sophomores Moriah and Micalah Collins had a similar experience. Moriah Collins studies human services and psychology, and Michalah Collins studies sociology, but they did not originally intend to both come to Elon together.
"Originally i had applied to go to [University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill] as my first choice" Moriah Collins said.
"I applied to Duke. But we both got rejected from both of those institutions” Micalah Collins said.
The twins both had Elon University as their second choice and decided to attend together. They said living apart has also given them the perfect amount of independence. But don't be confused — both sets of twins are very different from each other.
"You’re more social than I am," Micalah Collins said to her sister, who seemed to be surprised by this statement.
They also say that they have different interpretations and understandings of many things.
"I can get a little too goofy sometimes. Tyler is a bit more serious than I am," Colin Kless said. Both studying in the same department at Elon, the Kless twins have a common understanding of music but different personalities that influence their perspectives.
Both sets of twins value their individuality. The Kless twins say it’s important to know who's who.
"I can’t count the number of times people didn’t bother to learn my name. It’s like, 'Oh, I’ll call you Kless.' And it’s kind of frustrating," Tyler Kless said.
However, the Collins twins don’t mind if people get their names mixed up and don't view it as such a terrible thing.
"It's totally fine. It comes with being a twin," Moriah said. "Even if I don’t know you, it’s cool because I just met a person that my sister knows."
Micalah Collins said there are benefits to having your twin on campus.
"I think having a sibling here who is going through the same thing that you are at the same moment, it’s that one stable thing," she said.