A determined young man named Micheal Jeffrey who lost his home due to the pandemic, returned to school and eventually graduated as the best graduating student in his class.
Micheal Jeffrey, a Washington resident lost his two jobs and home during the COVID-19 pandemic which left him with no choice than to live in a tent under a bridge. He said the period was very tough one for him.
Despite the challenges, Micheal said he did not give up but instead, he decided to pursue a better future. He enrolled in classes at the Goodwill Excel Center, a free high school program for adults, while still living on the streets.
“I didn’t want to be stuck out here. I don’t wish this on anybody, to be stuck out here,” Jeffrey said in an interview with NBC 4 Washington. “We don’t want pity. A lot of people in this situation is just like me. We want better; we want more,” he added.
Micheal said after a year of hard work and determination, his efforts paid off. He graduated as the valedictorian of his class and before graduation, he vacated the tent and moved into a new apartment.
He thanked the Goodwill Excel Center for giving him a second chance to get a better future.“A lot of people don’t get that second chance, and Goodwill allowed that second chance for me, and I appreciate that,” he said.
Micheal said that now that he has his high school diploma in hand, he plans to further his education to a higher level. He said he has enrolled at Catholic University with plans to study legal studies.
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Micheal added that he will be proceeding to law school afterward. “I’m studying legal studies, who would’ve thought that I would be studying legal studies, right? There was no hope in this tent, but I found it, so you see how far I’ve came and how far I will get,” he said.