Formerly Homeless Legal Immigrant Teen Accepted By 17 Colleges: ‘I can do it and I will do it’

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This is a story of a real hurdle jumper: Dylan Chidick is the EPITOME of “I can do anything I set my mind to!”

Dylan Cand his mother legally immigrated to the United States from the Caribbean island of Trinidad when he was 7 years old.

They moved to New Jersey as a child and even spent part of his life homeless.

But they never gave up!

Now Dylan has overcome significant obstacles in life and has now gained acceptance to 17 colleges.

“My family went through a lot and there has been a lot of people saying, ‘you can’t do that,’ or ‘you’re not going to achieve this,’ and me, getting these acceptances, kind of verifies what I have been saying: I can do it and I will do it,” Dylan said.

Dylan did it…because he believed he could ‘do it!’

CBSNY tells the story, one I love!

“The dream I want to achieve, I have to have a lot of determination.”

After moving from Trinidad at just seven years old and becoming a citizen, Dylan and his family went through countless heartaches.

His younger twin brothers are living with serious heart conditions and his family has been in and out of homelessness.

“My family went through a lot and there has been a lot of people saying, ‘you can’t do that,’ or ‘you’re not going to achieve this,’ and me – getting these acceptances – kind of verifies what I have been saying. I can do it and I will do it,” the teen explained.

The Jersey City student set his goals high and met them; becoming the senior class president at Henry Snyder High School and being inducted into the honor society.

Now, he is looking to become the first in his family to go to college.

It was his single mother’s courage to ask for help from the non-profit “Women Rising” that Dylan says makes him want to do better.

“It has been hard financially, we have been homeless,” the teen’s mother, Khadine Phillip said.

“Making herself vulnerable and putting herself out there, that made me determined to never let us get back in that situation again,” Dylan added.

Although Dylan has gotten 17 acceptance letters, there is one more that he really wants to get — to his school of choice, the College of New Jersey.

Dylan, who became the senior class president at Henry Snyder High School, hopes to major in political science wherever he ends up.

I believable he will!

In America, hard work pays off. Believing in yourself, and doing what you can to make it happen! It wins every-time.

“You can do anything you set your mind to!”, my grandmother said more times than I can count. It is still very true.

I worked in Trinidad, where Dylan and his mother are from. I taught sales, management, and did motivational speaking during my years in the lovely island nation.

“Look in the mirror, every morning when you get up!”, I told my audiences. “The verbally tell yourself, out loud, ‘I can do this! I am good! I can do anything I set my mind to!”

It worked. I took sales office numbers up exponentially overnight, just by improving confidence and attitude!

So proud of Dylan. He WILL accomplish great things, of that, I am fully confident!

“The dream I want to achieve, I have to have a lot of determination,” Dylan said.

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