Monday Spotlight: Strasburg student to attend Brown University

Eric Steacy

STRASBURG – A Strasburg High School senior had a dream  come true when he received early acceptance to Brown University to study neuroscience.

Eric Steacy, 17, of Strasburg, will major in neuroscience at the  Brown University this fall and he is considering a second major in computer science

He has wanted to be a pediatric neurosurgeon since middle school and never let this dream slip away. He applied for early admission to Brown by the Nov. 1 deadline and received the his acceptance on Dec. 14, his mother’s birthday, providing the ultimate birthday gift to her.

“Just getting in early acceptance was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done and one of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever had,” he said.

He also received a total of $68,000 in scholarships to attend the school.

He said his family and friends are overjoyed by his accomplishment. Eric said it didn’t really hit him until a few weeks later after he was able to soak up the initial shock of getting into the Brown because he admitted that he didn’t think he would actually make it in.

After getting his bachelor’s degree, he said he hopes to attend the Warren Alpert Medical School, which is Brown University’s medical school.

Eric said he chose to attend Brown because it’s diversified, open and caring to all students and he felt like he could connect well in that environment.

He said the school is “one big family and I feel like I would just fit in there perfect.”

He also visited the campus this past summer and said it was a “beautiful place” and he plans to visit over spring break and during the summer.

When he graduates in June from Strasburg High School, he will also earn his associate’s degree from Lord Fairfax Community College.

His GPA at the high school is 4.13, with his college GPA only slightly behind that at 3.9.

Eric is a member of the high school’s National Honor Society, an officer of the student council, and captain of the academic team.

Even with his course load, he still finds time to work part time at a golf club.

He said for those with big ambitions, don’t get off-task with your work, no matter how lofty your dreams may be.

“It was really a shot in the dark with trying to get in,” he said about his plans to attend Brown University. “It is possible to do it. You just have to reach and keep going for it

After receiving his medical degree he would like to move to New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., or another big city to put his skills to work.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com