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Quints take on their first days of college

Quints take on their first days of college

Quints take on their first days of college
September 03
22:57 2014

By Dalton LaFerney/Senior Staff Writer

Meet the Diaz family. New on campus, freshmen Maria, Enna, John, George and Emilio have been dubbed by local, and even some international, media as the “UNT Quintuplets.”

The Diaz quintuplets are from Keller, Texas and have all chosen UNT as their first university.

The polite and courteous Diaz siblings have gotten used to the limelight of TV interviews and news anchors.

But, as George put it, “It’s nice not having cameras in your face.”

Good Morning America headlined “When Quintuplets Go to College: The Diaz Family,” one of the many stories to run covering the Diazes in their journey to college.

But what would seem a singular group of siblings are five brothers and sisters with unique charm and enthusiasm.,

“There are five of us who are all different,” John said.

All the siblings live in West Hall. John, George, and Emilio share one room while Enna and Maria share another.

“The dorm isn’t a big change because I have always shared a room with my sister,” pre-medicine/biology freshman Enna said. “It’s cool still living with her in a different location.”

Business major George said the dorms make him feel at home.

“My first week of college was a little different than I expected,” he said. “The teachers are way more welcoming than I thought. I’m going to enjoy my time at UNT.”

Personality and pursuits  

“I am usually referred to as the quiet and reserved one,” graphic design freshman Maria said. “But I can be extroverted and exert myself when needed, especially for news interviews or class discussions.”

In high school, Maria joined Circle of Friends, a club dedicated to spending time with mentally disabled kids. She also volunteered for the Special Olympics and was in a club called Green Cord that required 100 community hours a year.

Maria isn’t the only artist in the family. Enna said she enjoys sculpting in her free time.

John mentioned he doodles a bit and said his interests include women’s soccer and hanging out with friends.

John and his brothers all major in business like their parents Jorge and Enna. They all have a good idea of their intended careers.

“I chose my degree because of the wide variety of jobs it offers,” George said. “I mostly heard logistics careers aren’t boring, so that’s always a plus.”

He said he plans to work in the supply chain and management field after he graduates.

Emilio, with wearing Ray Ban sunglasses, jams to hip-hop, rap, R&B and pop.

“I don’t really have a favorite artist because it’s hard to pick one when you have more than five favorite artists,”Ihe said.

Enna, changing the tune, listens to her favorite bands Grouplove and Milky Chance. John favors artists like Odd Future and Frank Ocean.

“And the list goes on,” he said.

Like John and Maria, Emilio won medals in high school track and cross-country. On the track team, he competed in the mile and 2-mile events.

Maria ran on the varsity squad most of her junior year and all of her senior year, competing in the 400-meter relay, 400-meter run and 5-kilometer races.

George shares John’s intrigue for soccer as well as football. And said he can’t wait to watch UNT win this year, but said he’s not as coordinated as he looks.

“Competing is out of the question,” he said.

Ready for college

In an email, Enna didn’t write much about athletics. Although she likes to exercise in her spare time, her goal for the semester is clear: getting all A’s.

“I know that’s difficult, but it’s worth a try,” she said. “I’m a very studious student, especially with my major.”

She wants to join organizations like Alpha Epsilon Delta, a premedical honor society, and—like her sister—some volunteer organizations.

Enna acknowledges the fine differences from high school to college, but is making the transition with her family.

“I’m still trying to adjust to college life because it’s completely different than back at home,” she said. “It’s more stressful and demanding, but I know eventually I will get the hang of things.”

She is not alone, of course. While the famed five adjust to college life, they’ll do it together—as a family.

“We are always going to be there for each other,” George said. “I’ve known Enna, John, Emilio and Maria my whole life, and they’ve known me all of theirs. It’s really easy to just talk to them about anything.”

Featured Image: A troop of quintuplets prepare their room at West Hall. From left to right: Enna, Marla, John, George and Emilio Diaz. Photo courtesy of Gary Payne – UNT News

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Dalton LaFerney

Dalton LaFerney

Dalton is the editor of the Daily.

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