ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A pair of McQuaid Jesuit High School twins are graduating this year, and will both be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology this fall, along with more than 3,000 other freshmen.
As fraternal twins, Cal and Mickey Polito don’t look like they share much, perhaps maybe a birthday.
“It feels more like he’s just a brother who is the same age as me,” Cal said.
But there is one love they have in common.
“I can sit down and I can have a conversation with him about programming languages, which is something we both enjoy,” Mickey said. “Honestly, we both love computers.”
And that love will be bringing them both to the Rochester Institute of Technology this fall, part of a record-breaking freshman class for the university.
“I can’t wait to go, really,” Mickey said. “It’s been the highlight of my entire summer looking forward to this and getting ready for this.”
RIT will be welcoming 3,350 first-year students, up nearly 250 students from last year.
“RIT is built for scale,” Ian Mortimer, RIT’s vice president of enrollment, said. “We are a place that is super efficient in terms of how we do our academic instruction, and we toggle very, very well as different challenges and opportunities present themselves.”
RIT is requiring mandatory vaccinations, but Mickey says he's fine with that.
“The best way to move forward is to encourage getting vaccines wherever possible,” Mickey said. “And part of that is encouraging students to get them.”
Cal is just looking forward to a more normal learning experience.
“Now I get to go to college," Cal said. "And it looks like everything is going to be returning to normal. I’m glad that I’m able to still have that."
And Mickey is glad to know that while it’s a huge campus and they’ll mostly be apart, he and his brother can still grow together.
“We just got out of the same house and now we’re going to the same college together,” Mickey said. “But at the same time, I think it’ll increase our bond because now we have a shared experience.”