Skip to comments.Homeless Teen: Sight set on Harvard
Posted on 06/09/2012 2:00:11 PM PDT by Kaslin
From homeless high school senior to the halls of Harvard
Let's face it, high school can be tough. Now imagine going through those four years without the stability of a family, home or running water and heat. That's what 18-year-old Dawn Loggins remembers growing up. Her parents were constantly getting evicted from home after home in small-towns in North Carolina. Her step dad running from law enforcement and her mom was constantly unemployed.
The teenager had nightmares police would storm in the middle of the night to kick her family out on the streets.
That was until one day her parents decided to move to Tennessee while she living in Raleigh taking summer classes at the Governors School of North Carolina. She came home, they were gone. Cell phones turned off, empty house, no note, no warning -- nothing.
She learned of the move from grandmother, who was living in a shelter.
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article says it’s a “slent epidemic”.....don’t believe it...unless kids are just running away, which SHE did not. She sounds like an intelligent, motivated young woman....too bad she’s starting a Non-Profit.....
Harvard? That’s too bad. I suspect she deserves better.
This young woman may triumph over her past, and over the poor examples of her parents, and over the trauma of her life so far ...
... but there is a good chance that she will be a -- and not the first -- Harvard graduate to live her life out on the street, with nothing to show for her sheepskin except a failed life. I do not begrudge her the chance, but I do suspect that the deck is stacked against her and she holds a losing hand while someone with far less baggage was turned down by Harvard Admissions because their life story wasn't "interesting".
I want to believe this story, but I’m struggling. Among other things, I have a problem with NC Social Services allowing a 14 year old girl live from pillar to post on her own — a relative here, the parent of a friend there, working as a janitor to support herself, etc. I really want to believe this Cinderella story, but....
She might do OK if she stays clear of the “__________ Studies” degrees.
I agree. From homeless, to owing $100,000 in student loans for a liberal arts degree, back to homeless.
Naysayers.. a Harvard degree is a shoo-in for a good job. Despite the loans, she will do well..
I wouldn’t bet on that.
She clearly knows how to work hard. That sets her apart.
That will serve her very well.
Ivy League schools are very generous with their financial aid. She’ll get a free ride for tuition, books and fees, campus housing, etc.
I’ve know a couple of families who’ve sent kids to the Ivies, and it was cheaper for them than a state university.
All he has to do is say he was born in Keyna and they’ll let him like they did that other guy.
He? Did you even read the first paragraph?. Where do you get the idea it’s a he and would you name your son Dawn?
My great-great-great grandmother was homeless. You can tell from my cheekbones.
I figure Harvard owes me a tenured teaching position.
Good for her! I wish her all the best.
That’s the key, isn’t it. If she can stay away from the grievance-mongers and get an education in something useful and in demand, she might do alright.
If this story is true as presented than 1. She shows that people do not need Government, 2. That programs we think are out there and paying for do not work, and 3. Sometimes all one needs is determination and spirit. God Bless her.
Every week or so we have a 'remarkable' or 'heartwarming' story about someone, only to find later on that it was all BS [ie: James Frey &Oprah Obama].
It just smells bad.
Tom Sowell was a homeless high school drop-out that spent some time at Harvard as I recall. Hard work and intelligence is almost unstoppable if you have a fearless soul.
Personable-looking young lady... if she isn't fooled into becoming a lawyer, she might lead a useful life.
Harvard no longer provides loans in their financial aid packages. For a family with less than $65K per year household income, Harvard provides full tuition, room, board, books, and modest personal expenses.