Homeless to Harvard

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Homeless to Harvard
Homeless to Harvard is an inspiring story that tells the life about Liz Murray who dealt with the stress of her childhood and then went from living on the streets to graduating from Harvard University. I was emotional yet inspired by this story which is based on a young girl who becomes homeless due to her parent’s addiction to drugs and the lack of parental involvement in her life. Although she lacked the stability of a family, the challenges she faced throughout her life shows the biggest accomplishment she’s made in becoming a success. She was a homeless teen forced to take care of herself after her parents were not able to stop their own drug addiction. She had to grow up, believe that she deserved better and made a decision which ultimately changed her life.
Liz Murray faced many obstacles growing up in an unprivileged home with addicted parents who cared for nothing but for their addiction. Her parents were so strung out on drugs that both their daughters were neglected.
Liz grows up caring for her mother that is suffering from HIV and who takes drugs to cope with the pain. She spends every cent on drugs while her children are starving and eating out of dumpsters. She doesn’t care as long as she has her drugs because she can’t live without them, and still, even though she acts that way all the time, her daughters, especially Liz, love her. Living in abandoned apartments and eating out of dumpsters, Liz does her best to stay alive and on occasion, go to school. Her apartment is a messy and dirty place. Drugs were everywhere. It would be common for her to go into the kitchen and see her parents shooting drugs into their veins. Her parents were so desperate for a fix they would sell anything they could for a few extra dollars. Just in the beginning of the movie her sister and her mother are arguing over the welfare money they have left.…...

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