BLACKSBURG, Va.—It's a scene that plays out in Blacksburg every year - hundreds of college freshmen arriving on campus, their families helping to haul their belongings to a new dorm room. This year, the move-in also made history. Virginia Tech, meet Greg, Steve, Chris and Kate Lomaka.
The first set of quadruplets to enroll at Virginia Tech, the four freshmen will live in different dorms. They're also planning different majors, but the decision to enroll with their siblings, the Lomakas say, was a "no-brainer."
"That homesickness that people usually will feel a lot of times, I don't think it will be there," Chris Lomaka told us, "just because you know you have three other siblings going to the same school."
"They're more than my brothers and my sisters," Steve Lomaka added. "They're everything to me. They're my life, so I'm just ecstatic to have them with me."
It was an emotional day for the entire family, not just the new students. Parents Tina and Steve were sending four children from the nest all at once. Another daughter Lauren is beginning her studies at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg. And while their youngest son Matthew remains at home, the Lomakas know things will be different.
"We're really proud of the kids for getting there," Steve Lomako said in an interview, "but I know there's going to be some tears later on." "I plan on taking a car by myself," Tina Lomaka said, "and cry all the way home."
For now, the four 18 year-olds are happy to get their bearings in Blacksburg. "It'll be nice to settle down," Kate Lomaka told us, "and then finally start living out our life here."
They're also looking forward to blazing their own trails on the Virginia Tech campus.
"It's really cool being the first set of quadruplets to enroll at Virginia Tech," Greg Lomaka said, "but I mean we're still just individuals trying to make it through college and survive our first year."
The Lomakas say they're nervous about their new life in Blacksburg, but ultimately excited to make freshman year a family affair.