Identical twins are rare enough but it's even rarer when a school has two sets of them enrolled at the same time and in the same program. Such a phenomenon is occurring now at TUC. Their stories are compelling and an indication of how the twins strengthen one another as they also work to distinguish themselves as individuals in their own right.
Nazanin and Yasaman Ahmadieh came to TUC after their family sought political asylum from Tehran, Iran in 2008 and settled in San Jose. They were 17 at the time.
Nazi, the elder by 15 minutes, is the more extroverted, demanding, and more likely to defend her ideals. By comparison, Yasi’s more quiet, calm, and easygoing. Both like the instant recognition of being identical twins, but they get frustrated when people think they are exactly the same.
Nazi and Yasi both want to be doctors. TUC drew them in with its 4-year dual MPH/DO degree which emphasizes OMM. Visiting the campus for the first time they both felt overwhelmingly positive; and two years later, they still are happy with their choice. They appreciate faculty members who genuinely care and support students, and also enjoy spending time with fellow students.
Nazi and Yasi’s biggest accomplishments are getting into medical school. Though they are together continuously and can’t even take a nap apart, they made a bold step in deciding to do clinical rotations for next two years in separate places.
Nazi has her eye on women’s health with a focus on infertility; and wants to work in Northern California. Meanwhile, Yasi intends to complete two consecutive residencies in neurological pediatrics and psychology. Her goal is to work in the mental health aspect of pediatrics.TUC’s other set of identical twins, Justin and Kevin Junus hail from the Los Angeles area where they were raised by ethnic Chinese parents from Indonesia. The twins are bilingual. They can understand and respond in English to their Indonesian-speaking parents and are able to read the language yet they have trouble communicating with formal Indonesian speakers.
Justin (the younger by 1 minute) is the more outgoing and talkative, though he was the shy one in high school. Kevin believes that deep down they are similar and that their outward personalities are continuously changing.
Being an identical twin is a mixed blessing, says Justin. While it was hard for him growing up to take on his own personality, he now realizes how grateful he is to talk to someone who knows him so well. Meanwhile, Kevin says he can’t imagine not being a twin. He also finds it amazing that they should have been 1 person instead of 2.
In fact, being a twin inspired Justin’s interest in biology and also helped him get outside himself and develop a desire to care for others. He and Kevin found TUC a good fit, particularly the small, close knit atmosphere. They consider their acceptance into medical school as one of their greatest achievements.
Kevin has learned how to balance his studies with social and TUC club activities. He’s learned that too much studying alone can be harmful to one’s health, and that being happy and well-rounded best prepares you to become a doctor. Justin has learned how to work well in a more professional environment, and how to handle different teaching styles and constructive criticism.
Whatever Nazi, Yasi, Justin, and Kevin’s futures hold for them, it is certain that their TUC experiences will have prepared them to become some of our best doctors and community leaders. They are a force of nature–a collective powerhouse of intelligence, determination, and caring.
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