A determined 19-year-old homeless boy named Jeremiah Armstead has fought his way to clinch a spot at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the United States despite facing the challenges of being homeless.
Jeremiah Armstead was a high school student when he moved to California with his mother, brother, and sister. They lived in cars and domestic violence shelters throughout his high school education at the Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California.
His challenges saw him make a decision to use his adversity as fuel and motivation to strive for success. He worked hard both academically and as a basketball player. After three years of being homeless with his family, Jeremiah Armstead finally got accepted to Fisk University.
“That’s all I needed. That’s all I ever needed in life was a chance’” Armstead said, according to the outlet. “I just want to show people that’s in my circumstances like ‘don’t stop.’ Don’t ever think of giving up because just like that, stuff could change,” he added.
While staying at his friend’s house, Jeremiah Armstead’s mother, Mindy Brooks excitedly shared the news of Jeremiah’s acceptance to the university and also as a member of the university’s basketball team.
“I’m not surprised Jeremiah is where he’s at today. I’m not surprised because he’s always been a good person,” she told the outlet.