Friends of Bella and Alex Reed say the twins are different but remain united in helping others
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Taffie Kwok
Identical twins and BYU–Hawaii students Bella and Alex Reed.
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Separated by two minutes, identical twins Bella and Alex Reed said although they have distinct personalities, they feel the most like themselves when they are together.

Friends of Alex, a freshman from Hawaii studying elementary education, and Bella, a freshman from Hawaii majoring in secondary education, also noted when the twins are united, they offer advice and love to those in need.

Tae Lahaya, a good friend of the twins, said Bella is compassionate, while Alex is open-minded. “Alex can look at things from a different perspective, and Bella always has the heart and the emotion to help out in a situation.”

Lahaya also said the twins give her endurance and determination. “Every time when I want to escape, the twins sit down with me and give me counsel. They put their heart into anything and everything they do. Whether they like it or not, they are committed 110 percent and this always inspired me.”

The Reed twins noted their differences balance them out. “Alex has the speed. She can run fast, but Bella has the stamina which makes her run non-stop.” They were joking that “if we were one person, it will be too much to handle. We would be too perfect.”

One of their common goals is to learn a new language. Bella wants to learn Spanish while American Sign Language is Alex’s next target. They said they will teach each other what they have learned so they can improve together.

Mistaken identities

The twins have gone to the same school for 13 years and they both shared they have many encounters of people asking them, “Do you have a twin?”

Since Bella works in the Cafeteria and Alex works with Academic Advising, they said a lot of new students come to Academic Advising first and see Alex.

Then they go to the cafeteria and greet Bella with a shocked face, “How do you get here so fast?” Bella said she asks the puzzled student, “When did you last see me?” Then, realizes they “probably just met my sister.”

Bella said she is used to being called Alex and said, “I would respond to both names. Growing up, I always disliked if there was another student with the name Alex because I would automatically respond even while the teacher looked in another direction.” 

Alex said at home, when their mom needs someone to do chores, she would always call out Bella’s name, so Alex sometimes got out of doing housework.

Reading each other’s mind

The twins explained they always do “Rock, Paper, Scissors” when decisions need to be made. Bella recalled, “I always lose because Alex can read my mind, and she knows my moves.”

Alex shared a story about learning and teaching whistling. “I taught Bella how to whistle, in fact, I didn’t even know how I was able to whistle. The funny thing was, years later I forgot how to whistle myself, and then Bella re-taught me.”

Laughing, Bella said they often say something at the exact same time, and now, they do not even recognize they are speaking at the same time. “Our friends would remind us we are saying the same thing but it doesn’t surprise us anymore.”

Sharing friends

Since Bella and Alex are usually together, they said they share many mutual friends because often friends of Bella become friends with Alex or vice versa.

Alex said sometimes when she walks down the hall, Bella’s friends come up and talk to her. Even though Alex does not know them, she has a conversation with them, and eventually, they become friends.

Sydney Lehenbauer, a freshman from Florida studying history, said even though the twins are different, they still find common ground.

“I would be crazy if I only had one sibling that I was with all the time, but they found their own ways to still enjoy each other’s company and be really good friends.”

Date Published
July 22, 2019
Last Edited
July 22, 2019