Twin sisters Deborah and Sarah Prudham have a double reason to be celebrating.
The pair have just graduated with first class degrees from the University of Sunderland – and on Sunday will enjoy their 21st birthdays.
The Sunderland sisters are having a week of celebration with their family after Deborah graduated BSc Biomedical Science and Sarah BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences – and both gained the highest degree classification possible.
Sarah said: “It was so much easier studying at the same time as my sister.
“We didn’t do the same degree, but they were both science-based, so we had each other as revision buddies, proofreaders and for support.
“We both love science, but I’m more of a sporty person who likes to know how the body works, and Deborah is more of a researcher who likes to know how the body can be treated.
“It just means we have a bigger group of friends now because anyone that meets one twin must meet the other!”
Sarah is now planning to take up an internship and get some experience under her belt with the eventual aim of going into teaching, while Deborah is planning to study for a Masters degree.
Deborah said: “All through life we have experienced everything together; all the firsts – schools, travelling, and we’ve always had the mindset of this is where we want to be in life, this is how we’ll get there.
“Being a twin is the best experience, you always have your best friend with you, but we are different people. Hopefully, both gaining first class degrees we have set ourselves up for a bright future.”