Provost’s Profile: Levites twins compete, bond in twin life

Provost’s Profile: Levites twins compete, bond in twin life

by Megan Provost, Staff Reporter

Walking into room 137 Friday morning, I knew this wasn’t going to be your everyday interview. The Levites twins, the football playing blondes, were everything I expected them to be: high energy and well, boy-ish. I organized my papers as one brother plunked down in a chair and another hopped up on a tabletop. When I asked the obvious question of “what it’s like to be twins,” it became clear that although these boys were identical in appearance, their personalities were anything but that. They talked about sharing, how it gets annoying and how the other twin acts as a shadow. They say everything’s a competition, especially in sports, and if one twin gets in trouble, the other gets blamed. When asked what it’s like having a twin at school, Ricky Levites, freshman, made it clear that “it sucks,” while Kevin Levites, freshman, said it’s fun being able to see how the other acts. “When you’re a twin, you never get bored,” Kevin says.

When I ask if having a twin at school makes it better or worse, Kevin says it’s a little easier, to which Ricky mumbles, “I guess”.

They say they get bored without each other, though “it kinda makes it harder, having to take care of someone else” says Kevin. He claims it’d be worse without a twin because you can’t pull tricks on the other as easily. Ricky says it’d be better because you can’t get in trouble for something the other did. He adds in that “When you’re a twin, your IQ gets split in half.”

Both boys share a love of football (both play on the freshman team), video games or “anything that moves on a screen,” foods, and have the same group of friends. “I get one, he has to get all,” says Ricky, to which Kevin replies, “No I don’t!”

At this point, I ask about getting along and arguing. “Sometimes we get along,” says Kevin, followed by Ricky. “There are good days and there are bad days.”

When it comes to likes or dislikes of the twin life, they’re both quick to respond about their hate for sharing. They also bring up the shadowing and following again. “Sometimes you picture what it’d be like without a twin, and it’s better,” says Ricky, to which Kevin nods his head.

When it comes to assumptions and stereotypes, Ricky says that people think it’s “really awesome” and “weird.”

“They make jokes that we sleep in a twin-size bed,” he says, to which Kevin is quick to add, “But we don’t.” “It’s also fun when they mix us up,” says Kevin, “because we look so alike.”

To wrap things up, I ask their opinion of high school so far. “Not bad,” says Ricky. “A lot of people know us,” says Kevin. “It’s pretty fun that everyone knows we’re the twins.”