I was a financial aid kid at a rather well known independent school in Hawaii and I worked my way through college by waiting tables so I’ve always had a sense of pride that nothing came my way particularly easily. Err … time to wake up, stop patting myself on the back, and kick myself in the butt because this story about a young woman who grew up homeless and is now heading off to Harvard is REALLY about somebody for whom nothing has come easily!
By the way, I didn’t go to Harvard. I would have, but I suspect that my letter of acceptance must have gotten lost in the mail … Anyway take a look at this, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a good movie some day.
She finally has a home: Harvard
Khadijah Williams, 18, overcomes a lifetime in shelters and on skid row.
As long as she can remember, Khadijah has floated from shelters to motels to armories along the West Coast with her mother. She has attended 12 schools in 12 years; lived out of garbage bags among pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. Every morning, she upheld her dignity, making sure she didn’t smell or look disheveled.
On the streets, she learned how to hunt for their next meal, plot the next bus route and help choose a secure place to sleep — survival skills she applied with passion to her education.
Around here, Khadijah is known as “Harvard girl,” the “smart girl” and the girl with the contagious smile who landed at Jefferson High School only 18 months ago.
What students don’t know is that she is also a homeless girl.