Teen Overcomes The Odds To Be Accepted To 17 Colleges | NBC Nightly News

Teen Overcomes The Odds To Be Accepted To 17 Colleges | NBC Nightly News

October 11, 2019 21 By Stanley Isaacs


ACHIEVE HIS ACADEMIC DREAMS. OUR KATHY PARK HAS HIS STORY. OUR KATHY PARK HAS HIS STORY.>>Reporter: DYLAN CHIDDIC HAS A>>Reporter: DYLAN CHIDDIC HAS A TOUGH DECISION. TOUGH DECISION. THE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CHOOSING THE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CHOOSING BETWEEN NOT ONE BUT 17 COLLEGES. BETWEEN NOT ONE BUT 17 COLLEGES. WERE YOU EXCITED EACH TIME YOU WERE YOU EXCITED EACH TIME YOU RECEIVED ONE? RECEIVED ONE?>>YES.>>YES. IT WAS REALLY EXCITING FOR ME. IT WAS REALLY EXCITING FOR ME.>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF>>Reporter: IT’S THE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY THIS NEW JERSEY OPPORTUNITY THIS NEW JERSEY TEENAGER NEVER EXPECTED. TEENAGER NEVER EXPECTED. DYLAN MOVED FROM TRINIDAD TO NEW DYLAN MOVED FROM TRINIDAD TO NEW JERSEY WHEN HE WAS 7, RAISED BY JERSEY WHEN HE WAS 7, RAISED BY A SINGLE MOM. A SINGLE MOM. THERE WERE MANY CHALLENGES. THERE WERE MANY CHALLENGES. HIS YOUNGER TWIN BROTHERS HAVE A HIS YOUNGER TWIN BROTHERS HAVE A SERIOUS HEART CONDITION, AND THE SERIOUS HEART CONDITION, AND THE FAMILY STRUGGLED WITH FAMILY STRUGGLED WITH HOMELESSNESS. HOMELESSNESS.>>WE’RE IN A SHELTER FOR ABOUT>>WE’RE IN A SHELTER FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS. FOUR MONTHS.>>Reporter: THOSE HARDSHIPS>>Reporter: THOSE HARDSHIPS TURNED INTO HARD WORK, TURNED INTO HARD WORK, MOTIVATING HIM IN THE CLASSROOM. MOTIVATING HIM IN THE CLASSROOM.>>THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE>>THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR BRAIN, NOBODY CAN EVER IN YOUR BRAIN, NOBODY CAN EVER TAKE THAT AWAY. TAKE THAT AWAY.>>Reporter: THE HONORS STUDENT>>Reporter: THE HONORS STUDENT WILL BE THE FIRST IN HIS FAMILY WILL BE THE FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO ATTEND COLLEGE. TO ATTEND COLLEGE.>>WORDS CAN’T DESCRIBE.>>WORDS CAN’T DESCRIBE. I’M ECSTATIC. I’M ECSTATIC.>>Reporter: WHILE WE WERE WITH>>Reporter: WHILE WE WERE WITH DELL LAN HE GOT EVEN MORE GOOD DELL LAN HE GOT EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS. NEWS. AFTER HEARING HIS STORY AFTER HEARING HIS STORY STRANGERS DECIDED TO PITCH IN STRANGERS DECIDED TO PITCH IN AND HELP PAY FOR COLLEGE. AND HELP PAY FOR COLLEGE.>>FULL TUITION AND ROOM AND>>FULL TUITION AND ROOM AND BOARD? BOARD?>>THAT’S WHAT HE’S SAYING.>>THAT’S WHAT HE’S SAYING.>>Reporter: EVEN THOUGH THE>>Reporter: EVEN THOUGH THE ODDS WERE AGAINST HIM. ODDS WERE AGAINST HIM.>>OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH!>>OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH!>>Reporter: THE NUMBERS ARE NOW>>Reporter: THE NUMBERS ARE NOW IN HISFAVOR.