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Homeless To Harvard
The Star

Homeless, abandoned by her parents and once declared a high school dropout, a hardworking 18-year-old has turned her life around earning her acceptance into Harvard University with scholarship this fall.

High school graduate Dawn Loggins says her life in Lawndale, North Carolina first started out in decay, among bullying and a broken home surrounded by drug use and squalour before eventual abandonment by her parents.

‘I looked around at my family and I saw the neglect, the drug abuse, the bad choices and I saw my family living from pay check to pay check,’ she recounted to WBTV.

Striving to get back on track, despite deemed a high school drop out after missing two-months of school, Ms Loggins took online classes to catch up while maintaining a straight-A academic record, despite several school transfers.

Aiming to one day major in Biology, her work in honour and Advanced Placement courses all came to a glorifying reward last March when she opened up acceptance letters from not just four universities she had applied to, but her dream school: Harvard.

‘If there is anybody at all who has a dream,’ Ms Loggins told WBTV, ‘then they can definitely make it happen. There are no excuses. It depends on you and no one else.’

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