Logline: 18 year old is an excellent student, but he is homeless and has to overcome several hardships in order to continue his success in school.
A store seems empty, and there is a tip jar with a few dollars. A young man sneaks in there and slyly steals the money. Walking out, he sees a little boy begging a grocery store for an apple. He gets denied, and the little boy sobs while trying to suppress his stomach. The young man heads to him, and gives him the money. The little boy becomes ecstatic, and jubilantly devours the apple. The young man smiles briefly, and walks down the street. His stomach vigorously groans.
The young man wakes up, and he is drenched with sweat. He looks around, and no one is there. He is all alone lying on the cold lawn of an isolated park. His stomach growls, and the young man tries to recollect himself. He falls back asleep; his head is on a beat down back pack.
The bell rings. The young man scurries to his class, but he is scolded by his teacher. At the same time, his teacher tries to understand the student and tries to sympathize with him. The young man is reluctant, and the teacher gives up on the conversation and hands him his last test. The young man’s peers eagerly await to see his score, but become extremely astonished when they see his A. They show envy, and wonder. The young man secludes himself from them, and tries to listen to his teacher.
The young man receives free lunch, and he exuberantly eats by himself.
The young man logs onto his email account, and receives a peculiar email from Berkeley. He has been admitted, and he leaves the school with an exultant smile.
The young man reaches a laundromat, and sneaks in his dirty clothes as soon as the other customers leave. He waits patiently to retrieve them, and then he rapidly leaves with his half wet clothes.
The park is empty again, and the young man finds a comfortable spot next to a tree. He does his homework for the next few hours. He falls asleep.
It’s been several months, and the boy has awoken in his Berkeley dorm. Someone bangs at his door, and the young man opens. A woman stands speechlessly. She attempts to find forgiveness from the young man -- her son. What she said would be a weekend turned out to be several months. Her absence caused the boy’s eviction from his small home. The boy denies her forgiveness because she does not deserve it, but he shows her appreciation for what she made him go through.
The boy proclaims that the suffering his mother brought on to him encouraged him to succeed and find a better life. He strove and persevered for his own sake.