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HENRICO, VA (WWBT)- Many of us know how difficult it can be sending one child to college, but try multiplying that by four at the same time!
One Henrico County family is doing it and they're becoming a part of Virginia Tech history.
Eighteen years ago, four babies were born to a couple who never thought they could have children.
"Nobody ever plans on quadruplets," said Tina Lomaka.
Since the day they were born, the Lomaka family has never been apart.
Greg is the oldest by one minute, Steve is next, followed by Chris and the only girl, Kate.
They graduated from Mills E. Godwin High School and will now go to college together at Virginia Tech.
They are the first set of quadruplets ever to enroll. Steve led the way in choosing the school.
The other three soon followed.
While these siblings share the same birthday and now the same university, they have their differences.
"I take things too seriously," said Greg. The siblings say Greg is also the math whiz, Steve is the jokester, Chris always wants to have a good time, and Kate is ‘the hardest worker.'
Being the only girl and the youngest, she has learned to stand her ground against three brothers.
"Kate's the butt of all of our jokes," said Steve. "We always give her a just a hard time."
"I get it almost every day," she said. "But it's great, I love these guys. I know that they don't mean any harm."
The Lomaka's have always had a full house. Oldest sister, Lauren, is adopted and already goes to Virginia Tech. The youngest brother, Matt, is 16-years-old and will stay at home. He has Down Syndrome, but is called the ‘life of the party.'
"I'm used to having all these siblings and stuff, so it's just normal to me," said Chris.
But how will this family afford sending so many children to college.
"Huge, huge loans," said Tina.
It won't be easy.
"I went back to work full time night shift to help. And we took loans and kids will help pay for some of those loans and we'll pay for the other part," she said.
There are more positives than negatives.
"I think most people's biggest fear is getting homesick, obviously we won't have that problem," said Kate.
And just as they were from day one, the Lomakas will be side by side as they become a part of Hokie Nation together.
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