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Teen overcomes homelessness; gets accepted into 17 colleges

Teen overcomes homelessness; gets accepted into 17 colleges

March 14, 2019 10:53 PM

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (WHEC) -- There has been a lot of talk about college admissions lately, specifically focusing on how "unqualified students" were offered spots at highly selective schools. 

However, amid what some are calling the biggest college admissions scam ever lies a New Jersey teen who defied all odds and got accepted into 17 schools.

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Dylan Chidick battled homelessness with his mom and younger twin brothers after immigrating from Trinidad at the young age of seven. 

But that's not all. 

Along with their financial struggles, Chidick's family also faced a great deal of prejudice. 

However, that didn't deter him from wanting to become the first person in his family to go to college. 

And now, he is one step closer to that dream, or 17.

"I'm used to being a role model already because I have two younger brothers. I've always known I have someone looking up to me, but now there's kids that I never met before saying you're an inspiration," Chidick told NBC News. "It makes me feel great inside and it warms my heart to know there are other people out there having the same situation as me and using my story as an example to push through it."

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