BLACKSBURG, Va. — Three years after they made Virginia Tech history, the Lomaka quadruplets are preparing for their senior year. In 2012, the Henrico County siblings became the first set of quads to enroll at Virginia Tech. Since their enrollment, the university has provided updates on their progress.
“Freshman year feels like forever ago,” Steve Lomaka said in a statement released by the university. “I’m trying to take it a day at a time and not think too far ahead.”
Steve is a junior majoring in business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business. Sister Kate is majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Brothers Chris and Greg are majoring in building construction and real estate in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and statistics in the College of Science respectively.
Steve said while he shared a blood (and Hokie) bond with his siblings, college life has made it tough for them to spend a lot of time together. The brothers do try to play basketball when they get the chance and recently started to take a fitness class taught by Kate.
“Since it’s been hard for us to all get together, Kate told us to come to her spin class. I was reluctant because cardio is not my thing. But after she said everyone gets one free class, I decided to give it a try,” Steve said. “I ended up having a blast and we got dinner together afterward.”
Steve, a resident adviser, said he does not regret joining his siblings at Virginia Tech and offered advice to students who planned to start there next semester.
“You have to go outside your comfort zone. It’s hard to do it, but once you do, you’re glad you did it. Try to have those uncomfortable moments. A talk that’s a little awkward at first can lead to a great friendship,” said Lomaka. “That’s really what college is about – we come here for classes and to get a degree, but that’s just the surface. It’s the experience and what happens outside of class too.”