- AT 65, Freddie Sherrill has finally graduated from college with a degree in human services
- Freddie was homeless for years and couldn't even read for most of his life
- He also had to fight against drug and alcohol addiction, but in the end, Freddie reached his dream
Freddie Sherrill faced and defeated great odds to graduate from college at 65.
Freddie couldn't read for more than half his life. He had to battle drug and alcohol addiction and was homeless for years.
But despite these obstacles, Freddie graduated from the Queens University of Charlotte.
Freddie had a difficult life. He left school at only 8. His life went downward and he ended up in jail at the age of 16.
According to a report by Essence, Freddie's life went from bad to worse and he ended up homeless at 27.
During all of this, he was also fighting an alcohol and drug addiction. In 1988 Freddie had lost all hope and tried to commit suicide. Fortunately, the gun didn't go off.
Freddie remembers crying after that. He wanted to die, but couldn't.
But Freddie stayed strong and again tried to better himself. He went to a program to fight his addictions and got a job.
He started working at the First Presbyterian in North Carolina.
From there Freddie managed to build a new life. He got married and started a family.
Briefly.co.za learned that with the help of kind volunteers, Freddie learned to read. Eventually, he enrolled in Western Piedmont Community College. He had to try 6 times, but finally past his G.E.D test.
It may have taken 13 years, but Freddie achieved his goal. Freddie earned his associate’s degree in human services. He focused on abuse counselling, thanks to his own experiences.
Minister Steve Eason of the First Presbyterian saluted Freddy's achievement.
It's the most incredible life story in my life, and I've been pastoring 39 years. He's got so much street sense, and he's so unconditional in his love and acceptance for people because he's been on the dark side. He doesn't judge people; he sees the good in folks.
Freddy's inspirational story teaches us that no matter what obstacles you face, if you have a dream you must chase it.
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