Saturday 23 March, 2019

Trini-born teen makes US headlines after acceptance into 17 colleges

Dylan Chidick hugged by his mother as he tells of his acceptance into 17 universities. Photo taken from MSN.com

Dylan Chidick hugged by his mother as he tells of his acceptance into 17 universities. Photo taken from MSN.com

A 17-year-old boy who migrated from Trinidad at the age of seven has been grabbing headlines in the United States after he was accepted into 17 universities.

Dylan Chidick's story is even more compelling because he was once homeless.

Chidick applied to 20 universities. So far he has been accepted into institutions such as Rowan University into the Psychological Science Programme, New Jersey City University and York College of Pennsylvania, among several others. 

The New Jersey teen, his mum Khadine Phillip and his family migrated to the US when he was seven. According to a story in WPTV, his younger twin brothers are living with serious heart conditions and his family has been in and out of homelessness.

“My family went through a lot, and there has been a lot of people saying, ‘You can’t do that,’ or ‘You’re not going to achieve this,’ and me – getting these acceptances – kind of verifies what I have been saying. I can do it and I will do it,” he said. 

Writing on his Facebook page, Chidick said he is thankful for all the stories but he won't let his struggles define his life. 

"I WAS homeless, and I am not going to let that part of my life define me. it has made me and my family become stronger! <3," he wrote. 

Chidick will be the first in his family to go to college.

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