DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS)– Adan Gonzalez of South Oak Cliff is living out his dream and defying all odds while doing so.

According to the 21-year-old, very few people who come from his neighborhood and are brought up the way he was get the chance to experience life beyond the streets of Oak Cliff.

When Gonzalez graduated from Adamson High School in 2011 he headed for the nation’s capitol where he was awarded a full scholarship to Georgetown University. This summer, as he prepares for his senior year at Georgetown, he will be an intern at the White House.

“Yes, I did grow up around here in Oak Cliff,” he said. “Although a lot of people believe it’s a rough neighborhood we all have dreams.”

Those dreams began at home for Gonzalez. He credits his success to the support he received from his parents — both immigrants from Mexico. Unlike his college colleagues who come from well-to-do families his father has worked as a custodian at Dallas Love Field for more than 20 years.

Gonzalez recalls the day he left for Georgetown with $10 in his pocket, and his few belongings packed into plastic bags.

“It was the first step that I had, and the opportunity to dream. Nothing mattered,” he said pointedly. “It was an opportunity that something might happen different.”

The young man is now sharing his story hoping to motivate others to follow in his same path.

Gonzalez says he never had proper luggage or a warm blanket when he took off for college. He is now looking to give back to local students by organizing a luggage and blanket drive. The goal is for other students heading off to college to have something he didn’t when he embarked for Washington D.C.

If you would like to donate get more information about his efforts call 214-901-0940 or by clicking here and e-mailing Adan Gonzalez directly.

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