When it comes to going to college, some teens will do anything necessary to get an education. Fred Barley is 19 and lives in Georgia. He was found by police officers near his hometown while sleeping in a tent in front of a college. Officers listened to what the teen had to say about sleeping in a tent outside, and instead of giving him a ticket, they decided to help him.
Barley explained that he rode his brother’s bike for six hours in order to make it to the college so that he could register for classes. Barley was getting ready for his second semester in college, and he didn’t want to be late when registration started. He was sleeping in a tent and only had a few supplies with him. Barley had two duffel bags with clothes and a few other things that he owned along with 2 gallons of water.
The college doesn’t open until August, so Barley made a small home in the tent outside the building. The only thing that he had to eat was a box of cereal. However, that changed when people in the town heard about what he was doing to change his life. Barley has dreams of going to medical school and is currently a biology major. The officers took Barley to a hotel where they paid for him to stay for two nights. A wife of one of the officers started asking for help on Facebook. With the help of Casey Blaney and the hotel owner, Barley has a room to stay in until he can get into his dorm. The college is also allowing him to move in earlier than scheduled. Barley has also found a job as a dishwasher at a local restaurant.