Twins look to future after study success

Eighteen years ago twins Andrea and Daniele Perri had their photo taken for the Kiama Independent on their first day of kindergarten at St Peter and Paul School.

Yesterday the pair was snapped by the Mercury on their graduation day at the University of Wollongong.

The 23-year-old Unanderra lads were among four sets of twins to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce at morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Daniele said while having a twin by your side at university had its advantages, there were some disadvantages too.

"Having your brother doing the same degree is great as you challenge each other," he said.

"You're always competing against each other - if he gets a distinction, then I want to try and get one next time.

"He always beats me though, so that's not so good," he added with a laugh.

The twins have not only studied together, they've even scored work together at a local accountancy firm helping prepare tax returns.

Now the former Edmund Rice College students hope to find graduate positions - together or apart.

"If we get separate graduate jobs I wouldn't mind," said Daniele.

Another set of graduating twins, Oliver and Nicholas Harrington, plan to stick together at least for a little while after graduation.

"We're hoping to do a bit of travelling and want to go to Canada for a season of snowboarding," Oliver said.

"Then we're going to look for graduate positions."

The 21-year-old Menai men attended Aquinas College before being accepted into UOW.

"It's been pretty good doing assignments together and bouncing ideas off each other," Oliver said.

Natalie and Jennifer Waine of Kiama, 23, also plan to take some time off to travel.

"We've always done everything together and shared the same interests, so it was great to study together and help each other out," said Natalie.

Around 3300 students graduated from UOW this summer in 13 ceremonies since last Wednesday.

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