Homeless girl dreams of bigger things after her diploma

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The big car giveaway wasn't the only surprise we had in store...

Twenty-year-old Alex says as children, she and her siblings were mistreated and never shown any affection. Since the age of 13, she has bounced from foster homes to shelters and life on the street in Los Angeles.

The one thing Alex has always clung to is that she could turn her life around on her own. Despite her struggle, Alex was the first female in her family to graduate from high school, earning her diploma in 2001. Alex's determination didn't stop there—she enrolled in community college, but without enough tuition money, she dropped out and returned to the streets.

"I know that my education is my ticket to my dream," Alex says. "It's what is going to make me successful in life and what's going to secure my future for me. That's something I have forever, and no one will ever be able to take that away from me. That's something I really, really want, and I'm not going to give up on that. I'm going to keep going until I have my dream met."

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FROM: Wildest Dreams with Oprah
Published on September 13, 2004

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