Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a child and throughout his four years in high school due to some unfortunate family circumstances.
But in spite of his situation, he has become the top student in his class at Philip Randolph Career Academy in Jacksonville, Fla.
Although he spent part of his youth living in shelters with his mother, he had the determination to serve as class president, in addition to keeping his studies a priority, according to FOX 32 News.
His drive for the future kept him going, and his mom was there every step of the way to make sure his big dreams never faded.
“She has been the person that whenever I did end up getting upset or whenever I needed somebody to laugh with or talk to she was always there, she was always encouraging me,” Folsom told FOX.
Folsom plans to attend Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, in the fall.
“As far as I know I’m the first person in my family to actually get a college degree,” he said.
“It’s been a rocky road, a lot of hardships," Folsom said.
He also thanked everyone who helped him and his mother survive, expressing how much he owes to them.
After college, he hopes to work for the FBI.
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