STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Thomas Eastham

Thomas Eastham

 August 2017


Thomas Eastham has many interests and skills, which caused him to take some time to land in the right major. After spending 3 years at the University of Louisville as a vocal music major, he decided to take some time off and re-think his academic plan. During his time away from college he worked, sang professionally, and spent some time in Southern California.  He then decided to enroll at EKU because it is close to his hometown – Somerset, KY.  He was a Biology major during his first year at EKU, but later changed to Physics.

Thomas’ father was in the Navy, so he spent some time in Virginia Beach as a child.  However, his parents returned to Somerset and he completed his K-12 education there.  His mother is an EKU alum who earned her M.S. degree in Nursing and, after spending 30 years as a nurse, now teaches nursing at Somerset Community College.  He has one younger sister, Kayla, who graduated from Campbellsville University. 

Thomas stays active outside of class as a tutor in the Physics tutoring lab and as a Teaching Assistant for Physics 101.  After graduation, Thomas plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Physics (possibly Astrophysics) so he can have a future in research and university teaching.  His interest in academia  began when he started working in the Physics tutoring center at EKU. He said, “It is very rewarding to help people learn…the fun part is showing people they know more than they thought…you can see the moment when they connect ideas.”

Outside of class and work, Thomas enjoys fishing and the outdoors. He continues to be involved in music and is an avid reader who especially enjoys Tolkien.  He is a video gamer and built his own computer from spare parts.  He was able to take a programming class as part of his physics major, which will help grow his interest in computers. He is also a member of EKU’s German club.

When asked what he has learned the most at EKU Thomas said, “How to get the most out of my education and figuring out how to get through tough times in courses.  I learned that it’s ok to take time to figure out what you really want to do.” He expects to graduate in May of 2018 with a B.S. degree in physics, a certificate in German, and minors in music and mathematics.

Published on August 01, 2017