Texas college student reveals he slept in his car for A YEAR

Aug 17, 2014 by

Ashby will graduate in two-and-a-half years due to his hard work and credits he earned in high school

A college student revealed that he slept in his car for a year in order to make ends meet.

Texas State University student Colin Ashby wrote in an essay for USA Today that he was cash-strapped before his freshman year and unable to live on-campus.

‘While other freshmen were busy moving into their dorms, I sat in my car and duct-taped bed sheets to my car windows,’ he wrote. ‘For the rest of the day, I wandered around campus pretending to be excited about move-in day. When night hit, I reluctantly walked to the parking lot where my car was parked. Crawling into my back seat, I pulled up the sheets so no one could see inside the car and fell asleep.’

Determined: Colin Ashby, pictured, slept in his car during his freshman year at Texas State University

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Determined: Colin Ashby, pictured, slept in his car during his freshman year at Texas State University

Because of his living situation, Ashby said he spent his time in the library and meeting with professors

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Because of his living situation, Ashby said he spent his time in the library and meeting with professors

Ashby wrote that he frequently spoke to professors at their office hours and went to the library, and worked at McDonald’s between 9pm and 5am.

‘Getting off work at 5am, I would take a small nap before waking up dreary eyed to head to my 8:00 a.m. classes,’ he wrote.

In his essay, Ashby said that one upside was that ‘[d]ue to accumulating many college credits while in high school, I will be able to graduate with my bachelor’s degree this December after just two and a half years of college. Instead of the usual four (or five) years it typically takes.’

Ashby told ABC’s Good Morning America he did not tell his recently-divorced parents what was going on, though he did tell two siblings.

via Texas college student reveals he slept in his car for A YEAR in order to make ends meet | Mail Online.

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