Homeless Student Stays Determined Despite Odds

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College students often complain about a lack of money, but one Wisconsin student knows the reality of poverty.

But Betty Ann Rochelle hasn't let that stop her from getting an education.

Many students across the country are finishing up their final exams and getting ready to head home for Christmas break.

But Rochelle has no home to go to.

She's been taking classes at Madison College, a small technical and community college in Madison, Wis.

"A lot of people say, 'Why are you homeless and going to school?' And I say, 'That is the only thing that I have to look forward to,'" she said.

By day, Rochelle takes sociology and employment law classes. But at night, she searches for a place to stay safe and warm.

"She is living day to day," Madison student Karissa Simyab said. "She doesn't know where her food is going to come from next."

Rochelle's classmates have taken notice and have been inspired by her story.

"I definitely have respect for her," Simyab said. "Because so many people do have money and they have a nice warm place to live, and they don't want to come here."

"Talk about pulling yourself up by your boot straps," student Spenser White added.

"My heart is so proud of her just because she does go to school," another student Debi Wikinson-Johnson said.

Rochelle is hoping to one day own her own business.

For now, she said she's just looking for a way out, and is determined to have a better future.

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Charlene Aaron

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