A penniless student from Texas, the USA, was forced to sleep in his old Ford Focus sedan from first generation for a whole year

A penniless student from Texas, the USA, was forced to sleep in his old Ford Focus sedan from first generation for a whole year.

20-year-old Colin Ashby, a mass communications major at Texas State University, is a child of divorced parents who, after paying his tuition fees, had only “a few hundred bucks" to live with. Not being able to afford a place to stay, he decided to sleep in his car. What’s more, he also had to hide this from both his classmates and his parents.

“While other freshmen were busy moving into their dorms, I sat in my car and duct-taped bed sheets to my car windows,” Asbhy explains. “For the rest of the day, I wandered around campus pretending to be excited about move-in day. When night hit, I reluctantly walked to the parking lot where my car was parked. Crawling into my back seat, I pulled up the sheets so no one could see inside the car and fell asleep”.

The worst part of all seems to be the high temperature under the scorching Texas sun: “I had a fan I’d plug into my voltage outlet but it wouldn’t really help. There were nights I’d lose sleep because of it. It could get up to 100 degrees, and that’s without factoring in the humidity”.

Despite his nightmare student years, Ashby remains optimistic. Due to graduate in December, he says “I freaking love Texas State. I feel so lucky to be able to go here. It really is such a great school”.

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