HARROGATE, Tenn., June 5 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old Tennessee girl about to graduate from college, with plans for a Harvard master's degree and much more, also takes time to play, her father said.
Eugenie de Silva of Harrogate, who eventually wants to be an intelligence agent for the U.S. government and ultimately the nation's secretary of defense, with stops along the way for a second master's, a doctorate and a law degree to become a criminal defense lawyer, also taught herself to play the piano and is a soccer player, WBIR-TV in Knoxville reported Wednesday.
De Silva currently is taking a graduate research class in anticipation of her Harvard coursework."I've already completed the first assignment for my class this summer," she said.
De Silva graduated high school in 2010. This month she'll be walking at her college graduation ceremony from American Military University, and then she and her father are moving to Boston temporarily while she starts her legal studies master's program at Harvard, WBIR-TV reported.
"It was always my dream to go to Harvard. When I walked on campus, it was magnificent for me," she said.
"Before she could write she could type. I recognized her talent at an early age and began teaching her subjects," said her father, Eugene de Silva, a physics and chemistry professor at Walters State Community College and Virginia Institute of Research founder.