WORCESTER — Side by side the sisters waited, matching images of jangled anticipation. Rocking on her toes, Julia Parzych studied her sealed letter from every angle, tilting it like a seesaw, then spinning it slowly.
Biting her lip, Lydia Parzych held hers to the light, hoping for a glimpse of where she would spend the next few years of her life and whether she and her twin sister would spend them together.
Friday was Match Day, when more than 17,000 medical students across the country learned where they will perform their residencies, and the moment was close at hand.
For virtually all their 28 years, from grade school through the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the twin sisters had been together, confidantes, and nearly constant companions. Now, as they watched their classmates step forward to receive their letters, they knew their paths were likely to diverge. But they would hear the news together.
“We’ve always been there for each other,” Julia said before Friday’s ceremony at the medical school. “I think it will be an adjustment. But no matter what happens, we’ll still talk every day.”
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