Starting in November 2015, Megan Faircloth bounced around from relatives’ homes, hotels, a shelter and even her family’s car with her two sisters and mother.
The 17-year-old would turn to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and read books about others who had triumphed over adversity to help get her out of a funk.
Even though she was homeless, she was completing her junior year at East Wake High School in Wendell, North Carolina.
“Every day when we got home from school, my mom would have to drive around looking for money for a hotel room or a motel room and it was difficult because at one point we would get home around 12 [a.m.],” she told ABC affiliate WTVD-TV. “We wouldn’t get home — we would get to where we were going to sleep that night around 12 — and then I had to start my homework and it was exhausting running around all day.”
She continued, “We didn’t have much money for food half the time either and that was difficult. Sometimes I had to do my homework outside or in our car or in public parks, which was difficult, if the homework required internet or something.”
Her hard work, perseverance — and listening to Gaynor — paid off. She recently graduated from East Wake and was ranked No. 1 in her class with a 5.25 grade point average. Despite her troubled home life, she excelled in advanced-placement classes and participated in school clubs. Most importantly, Megan was accepted to Stanford University.
“At one point, I think … my biggest low was when we were outside and it started raining and it was windy outside and I was trying to pin down my homework with all of my books and stuff like that and it started raining on my homework and I was like, ‘This can either be the end or this is the beginning of me fighting on and deciding to go through all of this and try my best,'” she said. “I just tried to keep my spirit up.”
In 2015, she and her family were living in a rented house. They did not have a lease so when the homeowner died suddenly, they were evicted. Megan said they had three days’ notice to leave.
SOURCE: ENJOLI FRANCIS