Homeless to Harvard

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On Monday night, I watched the most amazing story of a 22-year-old woman who overcame amazing obstacles. She was homeless, the child of drug-addicted, HIV-positive parents, and finished four years of high school in two. Not only that, but she won a $12,000 scholarship from the New York Times and went on to Harvard. The movie of Liz Murray’s incredible story aired Monday night on Lifetime. I don’t know how many of my fellow WKU students saw it, but it’s definitely worth trying to catch in an encore.

As I watched the movie, I realized that I hear my classmates complain every day about how they have this homework due or was up too late last night to go to class this morning or some other excuse for not wanting to be there. I am guilty of it myself. Then, I see this young woman who is my age who wanted to be in college so badly, who wanted the privilege of being able to go to school with a roof over her head. I just wonder how many lives would be changed if Liz Murray were asked to speak at WKU. I would definitely be there to listen. And she does do public speaking engagements. Perhaps CAB needs to look into inviting her here. She would be an incredible speaker and perhaps offer some insight into another kind of life.

Jennifer J. Kidd

(270) 393-1860

Glasgow senior