Everyone who knows Liz Murray would admit that she is a miracle made by herself. Though she suffered from devastating family environment and indifference of other people, she saved herself from desperateness to be a person of value.
During her childhood, her situation was worse than any children: her parents were drug-addicted since she was 4, and when she was 8 she had to leave home and started to beg in streets; seven years later her mother died of AIDS and her father was forced to move to an asylum. Previously she had a home that was broken into pieces, but when her mother passed away, even her home disappeared. She felt the whole world fell down.
After she and one friend wandered about for more than one year, she finally realized that she wanted to change: “I could submit to everything that was happening in living life of excuses or I could push myself. I could push myself and make my life good.” With the determination, she began attending the Humanities Preparatory Academy. Though she started with an academic level that was only equal to a student at eighth grade, she managed to finish the prescribed 4-year high school curriculum within only two years. And because of her extreme excellence among all students, she was awarded the New York Times First-class Scholarship and admitted into Harvard University.
“I don’t feel myself pitiful. That has always been my life. Instead, I will thank it because it forced me to look forward anytime.” Right now Liz Murray has completed her master’s study in psychology, and is on her way for a PhD degree in clinical psychology. She also set up Manifest Trainings, a company that provides a series of workshops that empower people to make a difference in their lives.