Coleg y Cymoedd

Former Homeless Student Finds New Home At Cambridge

Jacob Lewis slept on friends' sofas while he finished his studies at Coleg y Cymoedd. Now he's headed to Cambridge.

By Jake Godin | August 14, 2015

This is Jacob Lewis. Not too long ago he was homeless. Now, he's going to Cambridge. 

"A star, A star, A star, A star. Four A stars! Yeah!"

"Vindication for all the nights out there I turned down, all the friends I stood up. Absolute vindication," Lewis said in a BBC video.

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After dropping out at 17 and taking three years off, Lewis, now 22, returned to schooling at Coleg y Cymoedd, a Welsh further education school. 

While studying, Lewis says he became homeless after a falling out with his family and was forced to sleep on his friends' sofas. He says he was spending up to 12 hours a day in the college library. 

That's when the college stepped in, tapping into a student hardship fund to provide Lewis with travel and living expenses, even getting him a hotel room when he needed it.

From there, Lewis went on to earn what the college says are some of its most successful marks ever. The Cambridge-bound grad plans to study law, where he says he hopes he can do some good in the world.

This video includes images from Coleg y Cymoedd and music by Birocratic / CC by ND 3.0.

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