Student keen to move away from 'sheltered life'

American lives in Toyota car for over a year

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American student James Seckelman's Toyota Matrix
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American student James Seckelman's Toyota Matrix A 22-year-old student from San Diego, USA, has been living in his 2006 Toyota Matrix for nearly a year and a half. James Seckelman says he shunned a life of student dorms and rented flats to experience life on the streets.
The computer science student has two jobs to pay for his university degree and fund food, fuel and any other items.
"The entire purpose of moving was for maturity. And to experience things I hadn't attained yet," Seckelman told
"I bought a little camp-set-stove. I built, out of wood and nails, a little cooking station in my car.
"Prior to that, I went to a fabric store and bought black nylon and cut it into the shape of my windows in my car, and sowed magnets too, so they'll clip onto the sides of my car windows, so I have more privacy at night."
The youngster wants to return home soon, but says his experiment has been a success. "I don't want to live in a house because I hate the concept of rent. I think it is pointless. ... I don't think that half of our month's income should go towards rent, or even a third. I think that's rubbish, so I guess I'm rebelling against that.
"It is through the struggle that you realise that outside the sheltered life of your parents, this is how the world really works, and to get out of this situation you have to try harder," he added.

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