15-year-old attends Harvard University

By: Lorena Estrada
By: Lorena Estrada

HARROGATE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Eugenie de Silva is your typical teenager. She got her driving permit on Tuesday.

"Ever since then, I've been the one driving," she said. "I'm really excited."

But before she could even legally drive, she's already graduated high school, college and is now pursuing two master's degrees.

"One is Intelligence Analysis at the American Military University. The other master's is in Legal Studies at Harvard," Eugenie said.

She's already been taking classes at the Ivy League, but recently learned she's been officially accepted into Harvard's Master of Liberal Arts Program.

It's a dream she's had since she was a little girl.

"Harvard is not easy," she said. "A lot of work and reading. I spend a lot of my time studying."

Studying isn't all she knows though. She grew up playing soccer, enjoys playing the piano and makes time for her friends.

"You can still have a social life, be normal, listen to music and still go out with friends even if you do focus on your education," she said.

Eugenie said it's all about balance. A lesson she learned from her biggest supporter, her dad.

"I'm really pleased with her achievements and I'm really proud of her," said Eugene de Silva.

Through her accomplishments, Eugenie hopes to send a simple message.

"That if you put your mind or really believe yourself you can do anything you want," she said.

"It's just a matter of commitment, perseverance and having the clear objectives from the beginning," her dad Eugene said.

Eugenie already knew her objective. She wants to be the U.S. Secretary of Defense some day. She just set out to pursue that dream early on.


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