Sunday 25 February 2018

Homeless mum's joy as she gets place in Trinity

Erica Fleming and daughter Emily (9) in Trinity College. Photo: Tony Gavin
Erica Fleming and daughter Emily (9) in Trinity College. Photo: Tony Gavin

Laura Lynott

A homeless mother has realised her dreams after being accepted to study at Trinity College - with hopes she can finally break out of the poverty trap.

Erica Fleming (30) has been homeless with her daughter Emily (9) for almost a year. They have been living in emergency accommodation in a hotel.

In a bid to fight her way out of poverty, Erica, who is a campaigner for the homeless, applied to Trinity College's Access Programme and has been accepted.

And now she hopes attending Ireland's top college will inspire Emily to follow in her footsteps.

"I didn't dream I'd get accepted," Erica said.

"I am over the moon, thrilled.

"My daughter Emily was recently there on a tour before I applied, so it's a big deal for her too. She is so proud of me.

"I kept saying to Emily, 'You're going to college', and she said she couldn't - that we wouldn't have the money.

"She said she needed a laptop to go - and I said we would do it. That she is going to do well. And now I am going to one of the best colleges in the world and that has showed my daughter she can do it."

Erica, who works part-time to support her daughter, will be studying several modules including social studies, law and political studies.

"This has been a very tough year - I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be accepted in to such a prestigious college - but I have to say I don't think I'd even have applied if I hadn't been homeless.

"This adversity has pushed me on - to fight," she said.

Irish Independent

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