New Jersey teen overcomes homelessness to earn admission to 17 colleges
New Jersey teen overcomes homelessness to earn admission to 17 colleges A New Jersey teen determined to succeed despite all of the challenges hes faced has scored admission to 17 different colleges and counting. My family went through a lot and there has been a lot of people saying you cant do that, or youre not going to achieve, and me — getting these acceptances — kind of verifies what I have been saying. I can do it and I will do it, Dylan Chidick told The Jersey City student was just seven years old when he and his family moved from Trinidad to the United States, where they faced a series of hardships, including his younger brothers medical issues. The twin boys are living with serious heart conditions and his family has been in and out of homelessness. Dylan said his drive was inspired by his single mother, who found the courage to ask for help from Women Rising, a New Jersey based non profit established to help families to achieve self sufficiency and live safe, productive and fulfilling lives. The center set Dylan and his family up in permanent supportive housing, where he was able to study and await his college acceptance letters. Making herself vulnerable and putting herself out there, that made me determined to never let us get back in that situation again, Dylan said. So the teen set his goals and then achieved them, one after the next. He was voted senior class president and inducted into the honor society at Henry Snyder High School — and now hes well on his way to becoming the first of his family to go to college. Hes been accepted so far to 17 schools including Ramapo, Albright, and New Jersey City University, but hes still waiting to hear from his top pick. The College of New Jersey, he told the news station. I havent heard back yet, but that is my top school right now. Dylan added that he hopes to major in political science, no matter where he lands. The dream I want to achieve, he said, I have to have a lot of determination.