The New York Daily News has the story of a young girl, abandoned by her parents, indigent, who slept on friends’ couches and worked part-time jobs to survive.
She was never trained in personal hygiene or social conventions by anyone, wore the same dress for months at a time, and was forced to transfer to six different schools. She worked a job as a janitor in her high school but nonetheless got straight A’s.
â€œThere are no excuses,â€ she told the interviewer from a local radio station. â€œIt all depends on you, and no one else.â€
It doesn’t take a village. It takes personal determination and drive.