A lot of our children get up every morning dragging their butts and not wanting to go to school. But, there are others that wish they were waking up in a warm bed and having the option to mess around in their room until the last minute.
Chelesa Fearce has been getting up and going to someone else’s bathroom and getting her morning started from her mother’s car since she was in the sixth grade. But, when she graduated from Charles Drew High School as valedictorian, and already completed the first two years of her college education, no one had a clue she was homeless.
During an interview with Jacquie Reid on the Tom Joyner Morning show, the 17-year-old academic phenom explained that her guidance counselor encouraged her to reveal that she was homeless as a motivation to others. She took college courses during high school and also earned a 1900 on her SAT test. She wants to become an oncologist because her mother had cancer that is now in remission.
She will pursue her dream by entering Spelman University in Atlanta, Georgia, in the fall on a full scholarship. Her words of motivation to young people are:
“Don’t give up. Do what you have to do right now so that you can have the future that you want.”
Check out her interview with local channel 2. She is a true inspiration to kids and adults! Hats off to you Chelsea! You definitely live up to that last name.