Meet the Teen Who Went From a Homeless Shelter to Georgetown University

Meet the Teen Who Went From a Homeless Shelter to Georgetown University


Jun 18, 2015

19-year-old Rashema Melson is one accomplished teenager.

Up until summer 2014, she had been living at the D.C. General homeless shelter for three years with her mother and siblings.

Melson graduated valedictorian in 2014 from D.C.'s Anacostia High School  a school with a graduation rate of 58 percent during the 2013-2014.

Upon her graduation, she decided to leave the shelter to attend Georgetown University, where she had received a scholarship. According to the Washington Post, Melson moved to the university with just a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter.

Melson chose to study forensic pathology, since her father was killed when she was a baby. Melson recently completed her first year at the elite university.

"I know people who don't even know how to wash clothes," she said in a report from the Washington Post. "I know how to do things in a situation where I had nothing, and I had to turn it into something."

Melson continues to prove that anything is possible when you put your mind to something, and has given Georgetown more than enough reason to be proud.   

Georgetown made headlines again Thursday after the university announced that they, along with other major universities and big companies, pledge to take concrete steps towards gender equality as part of the final installment of UNWomen’s IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative

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