If you’re ever feeling dismal about your own circumstances, just take a little bit of inspiration from Norma Heath.

After losing her job several years ago, Norma became depressed and entered a downward spiral that left her homeless and drug addicted without any stability to finish school.

But then her prospects changed two years ago when she found Rosie’s Place – a women’s shelter in Boston, Massachusetts.

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There, Norma received counseling and treatment, but what motivated her the most was when the volunteers asked her to write down her goals. Her list consisted of a handful of small things – like regularly attending doctor’s appointments and staying away from bad influences, etc. – but at the top of the list was her ultimate dream: to graduate from Harvard University.

Then, earlier this week, the 51-year-old woman fulfilled that dream and graduated from the Ivy League school with a degree in psychology.

“Like some days, you feel like giving up,” Norma told WCVB. “[But] people around us are going to be our cheerleaders. If I can do it, then you can do it.”

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