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Monday Morning Motivator: 'I Was Not Going to End Up Like That'

No matter what challenges life brings you, dreams can still come true.

Article From: MailOnline.com

A Harvard-bound teenager who was once abandoned by her drug-addict parents and did not even know how to wash has set up a fund to help other homeless kids after graduating from high school.

Dawn Loggins, who once declared a high school dropout and spent her childhood squatting in buildings without electricity or running water, defied the odds when she was accepted into the Ivy League school with a full scholarship.

And after graduating from Burns High School in Cleveland County, North Carolina, this week, the inspirational student told CBS how she intends to spend the summer helping others and working to save up for her degree.

‘We would go and fill up milk jugs at a convenience store or a park and use those to flush the toilet or shower with,’ the 18-year-old said of her childhood.

But despite the hardship she faced, Loggins maintained a straight-A average at school.

‘A lot of people use bad situations as an excuse, and instead of doing that, I use them as motivation,’ she told the network.

‘When I was younger I was able to look around at the way my family was living, at the drug abuse, the neglect, the overall bad choices and I was able to make a decision for myself that I was not going to end up like that,’ Loggins added.

‘And I knew that education is the only way to get out of poverty.’

The star student now hopes to help others from similar backgrounds after graduating to a standing ovation this week.

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Carol Beaver June 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM
There are some inaccuracies in the original story from Mailonline.com. The media has propagated several falacies and that is the main reason Dawn has turned down an offer for a movie, "they would just mess it up" she said. Her parents are her mother and step-father, only one of which used or uses drugs. The mother has other issues but does not use drugs or alcohol. Her grandmother's home was her first, not her second. She lived with the grandmother till she was age 12. Until age 12, she only moved once [from a mobile home to a house] and there was always lights, water, food.
Jennifer Moreau June 19, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Hi Carol, Thanks for the clarifications. The main point of the story is that Dawn still faced severe hardships, many of which most of us in the same situation would decide to use as an excuse. Instead, Dawn decided to learn from them and apply herself. My favorite quote from her in the story is: "‘A lot of people use bad situations as an excuse, and instead of doing that, I use them as motivation,’" Here's to motivation and continuing to learn to move forward.

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