"I found myself, absolutely homeless with nowhere to go," Loggins said. "I stayed at friend’s houses in between, and instead of worrying about it, I decided to take action. I knew I had to go to school and I wanted to go back to work."
For the first time in her life Loggins had nobody to worry about but herself. In some way, she felt relief. But at the same time, she knew she couldn't do it alone. That’s when she started accepting a little help from guidance counselors and school officials who caught a glimpse of her character and motivation.
"All the help in the world isn’t going to do you any good if you're not willing to work hard," she said. "I think people were so willing to help me because they saw that I was reaching for my goals, and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me."
Things started settling down a little for Loggins about a year ago, a little light at the end of the tunnel. She was starting her senior year of high school; she moved in with a school employee, and she was working as a school janitor. Loggins was on campus hours before the first bell rang -- sweeping floors, cleaning up bathrooms and classrooms. It was a schedule, it was money and it was the ability for her to focus on school.
For the first time she didn't have to worry about how to heat Ramen Noodles.
"School has been her ticket to sanity and she knew it was a way out," said school counselor Robyn Putnam. "School was the safe place. [Before that year,] she didn’t have basic needs a lot of the time. You can’t move beyond if you don’t meet the basic needs in food, clothing, shelter and a sense of community were not there for her and it’s hard to focus."
And focus she did. The long-haired teen got her college applications out and took one risky move. She applied to Harvard.
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