A 20-year-old Texas man who was homeless and lived alone for three years as a teenager recently graduated at the top of his high school class and won a full scholarship to college, according to a report.
Abandoned and alone as he tried to navigate the already difficult world of high school, Liyjon DeSilva kept his living situation a secret for a time. He managed on his own, and still continued to thrive at school.
“What else am I supposed to do? It was either be that or a low life, I could have thrown everything away,” DeSilva told Houston-area television station KTRK. “I have a chance, why not just keep going?”
DeSilva’s mom died when he was just 5 years old, and after bouncing between relatives, his other family eventually abandoned him, he told the station. For three years, DeSilva lived on the streets, sleeping at parks or in parking lots.
He described it as a learning experience.
“I don’t like to refer to it as bad or that it was terrible, because I learned a lot. I learned a lot of survival skills. Life became a bit easier,” he said.
Yet, despite all the heartbreak he faced, DeSilva still showed up daily to Margaret Long Wisdom High School, formerly known as Robert E. Lee High School.
There, his secret eventually came out.
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SOURCE: KTLA 5 News – Tracy Bloom