Winter and Reece: achieving twindividuality


Sierra Gomperts

Sophomores Winter and Reece strive to maintain their 4.2 GPA along with positions on the track and tennis teams. They also devote their weekends to work at Legoland as lifegaurds.

Twindividuality (n.): a twin’s identity as an individual within the context of the twin relationship. For the Schweibold twins, it has been quite a long journey for them to establish twindividuality and one that still continues.

“For me, having a twin is having a sister with the same birthday and  doing almost everything together,” sophomore Reese Schweibold said.

Yet, Winter Schweibold has a slightly different view of having a twin.

“The benefit of having a twin is that she pushes me to do better because I never  want her to beat me at anything,” sophomore W. Schweibold said. “It’s a constant battle for who can do something better.”

They enjoy spending time together doing similar interests such as exercising, but the two individuals still strive to differentiate themselves at the school setting.

“My average day consists of struggling to stay awake in school, two hours of track practice after school, and staying up until its the next day with homework,” W. Schweibold said. “And also, I recently got a lifeguarding job, so now, I have to juggle that into my schedule.”

While they have similar academic schedules, they are involved in different extracurricular activities and passions.

“On an average week, I have hurdle or tennis practice, do homework and work at the Legoland Waterpark during the weekend,” R. Schweibold said.

Though these girls love each other, they like to refer to themselves as the anti-twins and deny the possibile twin-telepathy, which is having the ability to feel one another’s emotions.

“We call ourselves the anti-twins because we don’t really have that twin bond you see in movies,” R. Schweibold said. “Even with that being said, we only act crazy to each other out of love.”

Winter and Reece are actually fraternal twins, meaning they don’t look at all alike. One of the biggest misconception they face is being treated as one being.

“Everyone refers to us as a twins, ” W. Schweibold said. “And people also think that being twins means that we are exactly the same, but in reality, we each are our own person.”