Originally enrolled n the school’s studio art program, Mr. Carter was involved in an incident with alcohol which injured his hand that seriously impaired his ability to draw. This caused him to eventually drop out and left him without a permanent home for several years as he hitchhiked across the country.
6 years ago though, he landed back in Austin and was given access to subsidized housing through the non-profit, Caritas of Austin.
Enter our co-star Ryan Chandler. As a 20-year old government and journalism major, Chandler encountered Carter on what’s know as “The Drag” near the university’s campus. Often times, Chandler would see Carter panhandling on this thoroughfare to help cover the housing costs he had become reliant upon.
“I couldn’t believe his experience and his connection to UT,” Chandler confessed once he had peeled back the layers to Carter’s story and how he had attended UT Austin so many years ago.
This set off a fire in Chandler who ended up petitioning the school on Mr. Carter’s behalf to try and get him re-enrolled in classes. Working his way through the chain of administrative offices and procedures, even covering his application fee, Chandler was dedicated to rectifying the situation.
And 6 months later, that’s exactly what happened.