Formerly homeless high school senior accepted into 12 universities

A formerly homeless high school senior, Brianna Watts, who had been living in a shelter with her mother Bridgette Gibbs, has been accepted into 12 universities.

“I definitely did not expect half of the things that are happening in my life now at this point,” Brianna tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “It’s a blessing.”

But life wasn’t always easy for the teen and her mom, who had struggled with addiction. “Life was good until she was 8 years old,” mom Gibbs tells Yahoo Lifestyle. That’s when Gibbs got laid off from her job. “I had to go home and tell my kids that was my last check,” she says. “That, accompanied with the depression, I started using [drugs]. It kind of spiraled out of control.”

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