A Boston woman is proving that it’s never too late to overcome life’s obstacles and to change one’s trajectory.
Norma Heath, 51, went from “homeless to Harvard,” abandoning a life of drug abuse and going on to graduate this month with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, KGO-TV reported.
It was two years ago after losing her job that Heath arrived at a women’s shelter called Rosie’s Place. It was there that she started to put the pieces of her life back together, the outlet reported.
Before reaching Rosie’s Place, Heath told WCVB-TV that she was “depressed, doing drugs and just wasting my life away.”
It was at the shelter that she started to set goals with a focus on little things like going to doctor appointments and staying away from people who do drugs. But then she added her ultimate goal to the list: graduating from Harvard.
“This goal thing is good! Once you start reaching them you say, ‘Hey! I want to graduate from Harvard!'” Heath said of her experience, according to KGO-TV. “And the girl said, ‘You can do it!'”
Now, Heath wants to use her education to help others who face tough circumstances — and she has an inspiring message to anyone who might be facing difficulties and barriers in their own lives.
“Some days we feel like giving up,” she said. “If I could do it girls and guys, you can do it too.”
Heath already has plans to go on for her master’s degree.
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