A teen who was in and out of homelessness has been accepted to 17 colleges

(CNN)A New Jersey teenager is proving that you can do anything if you just set your mind to it.

Despite being in and out of homelessness, 17-year-old Dylan Chidick has been accepted into 17 different colleges -- and that's just what he's received so far.
"I was really excited because I'm going to be the first person in my family to go to college," Chidick said.
He added, "Going through homelessness let me know that there's going to be obstacles, but as long as (our family is) together, we can get through it."
    With offers from schools like Albright College, Ramapo College and Caldwell University, Chidick has a tough decision ahead. However he's still waiting to hear back from his top choice, the College of New Jersey.
    He applied to about 20 colleges and universities in total. Sending in applications can get pricey, but Chidick was able to obtain application fee waivers.

    He was inspired by his mom's courage

    Chidick's family moved to the US from Trinidad when Chidick was just 7 years old, but after becoming citizens, they endured countless heartaches.
    The single mother, Khadine Phillip, and her three kids were in and out of homelessness. And Chidick's two younger twin brothers live with serious heart conditions.
    Chidick said he was inspired by his mother's courage to reach out to the non-profit Women Rising and ask for help. The center put the family in permanent supportive housing, giving Chidick a safe place to study.
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