Twenty-one-year-old Nick graduated high school with honors, trained to join the Special Forces, and even completed a semester of pre-med. Then, this former college hockey player dropped out of school, stopped working, and – three months ago – says he hitchhiked over 2,300 miles to L.A. to follow what he says is his true calling: becoming a rap star.

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There is no doubt in my mind that I’m going to be successful on a scale that Hollywood has not seen in a very long time,” says Nick.

The aspiring superstar, who is currently homeless, says he walks everywhere, sleeps on sidewalks or at the beach, smokes marijuana every day, and, occasionally resorts to stealing food from convenience stores when he gets hungry.

“I love the rush of trying to survive,” says Nick. “I truly realize how keen my survival instinct really is.”

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Nick, who claims he is happier than he’s ever been, says his life on the streets is like no other. “I’m the kind of person who will put myself in a situation just so I can grow.”

Nick’s family, who describes him as bright and well-liked, say he’s “lost it.”

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So how did this former college athlete and hopeful rapper from the Midwest end up living on the streets of Los Angeles? Watch the video to find out! And be sure to tune in to Dr. Phil on Friday to see whether Nick says he is ready to get off the streets.

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Life On The Street Is Violent Says Former College Athlete, Now Homeless in L.A.