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Former vendor, now student, gives thanks for a good year

By Sean Walsh, Former Street Roots Vendor

Hello to all of you. I hope that you are all having a wonderful holiday season. It has been a wonderful time for my family, as we are celebrating our first anniversary in housing.

Some of you may have read my prior article, “My journey from the streets to university.” This article is an update about how things are going in my Computer Science career path.

I have been a student at Portland Community College now for nine months and so far I have been received Honors placement for every term I have taken. In Spring 2010, it was Honor’s List, Summer it was Dean’s List, and this term was the doozey. Continue reading

My journey: from the streets to the university

By Sean Walsh, Contributing Writer

Well, it has been a mere 6 months since that nightmare ended. I was homeless again, this time in  Cornelius, Ore. Thanks to some help from some local agencies, my wife and I are in housing. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s a roof. A lot has happened this year. My Social Security check arrived in November 2009, housing in December, and now college in March 2010. I’m majoring in computer science.

Things haven’t always looked up for me, though. As a young man, I grew up in the rural hills of southwest Michigan. My parents homeschooled me, or more correctly, since neither graduated, I homeschooled myself. But life without a formal diploma or degree is difficult, and there was a long road ahead.

In 2005, I met the girl who is now my wife of five years. At first all was great. During our first year of married life, I was working as a certified nursing assistant for the state of Indiana, helping developmentally disabled and people suffering from autism. During this period, we spent time touring the northeast U.S., visiting Vermont, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Continue reading