New Jersey teenager once homeless accepted in 17 colleges, overcomes family obstacles

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As a result of admissions scandal in colleges rock the nation, a New Jersey A teenager who was once homeless was accepted into 17 colleges, overcoming obstacles with hard work and perseverance, the daily reported on Thursday.

Dylan Chidick, 17, is president of the student council and a member of the National Honor Society at the Henry Synder High School in Jersey City. His dream was to go to university and he has now been accepted into 17 of the 18 universities where he enrolled.

"I did not really know if I would not go to college because I do not have the perfect grades, the perfect GPA, or the perfect SAT score," Dylan said. North Jersey record. "But I knew that when college admissions read my essay and see me as a whole person, everything would be fine."

One of his family's toughest hurdles was dealing with the heart disease of his twin brother called aortic stenosis, which restricts blood flow from the left side of the heart to the right, the report says.

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In addition to the hardships of Dylan's family, his mother, Khadine Phillip, fell ill and was unable to work to pay the bills, which prompted the owner to evict the family.

"It was a very dark time and I did not want to come back in this situation, so I worked harder," said Dylan. Fox 35 Orlando.

In 2017, Phillip was able to get help for his family. She is connected to Village of Families, a HUD-funded housing program, part of WomenRising, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to women and families. The center helped the family stay in a supportive housing unit – a safe place for Dylan to study and wait for his final acceptance letter, WCBS-TV in New York. reported. Costs for all college applications have been canceled, according to the report.

"New Jersey College. I have not heard an answer yet, but it's my best school at the moment, "said the student of honor.

Dylan moved from Trinidad to the United States at the age of seven and became a citizen, reported the station. He will be the first of his family to attend college.

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Dylan hopes to study political science and go to law school. He hopes his story will inspire others to pursue their dreams despite the difficulties.

"I would say, keep moving forward, what you're going through now should not in any way define you, but you should continue to work hard, the work you're doing now that you plan for the future", he told Fox 35.