JERSEY CITY, NJ (FOX 13) - A teenager in New Jersey who was once homeless has thrived in the face of adversity: he has been accepted to 17 colleges!
Dylan Chidick, 17, is president of his class at Henry Snyder High School and a member of the National Honor Society. But the teen said his family has seen its fair share of hardships.
Skyrocketing rent forced the family to move from Brooklyn to Jersey City. Both of Dylan's younger twin brothers needed heart surgery, and the family struggled after his mother lost her job. The family ended up in a homeless shelter.
Dylan's mother Khadine Phillip reached out to a non-profit called Women Rising, which helped set the family up with permanent housing.
"What kept me motivated was becoming a role model for my brothers and getting out of the shelter," he said. "It was a very dark time and I did not want to end back up in that situation again, so I worked harder."
In spite of it all, Dylan set goals for himself to succeed, which includes becoming the first member of his family to go to college.
"Getting these responses makes me feel great and like I accomplished something good," Dylan told FOX 13. "I was at a very low time in my life but with these acceptances it raises my spirits a lot."
He has not yet decided which college to attend, but he is already looking ahead to his next goal: law school.