A former sanitation worker raised by his father, who had to work three jobs to support him and his brother, has been accepted at Havard Law.
Rehan Staton from Bowie, Maryland, disclosed that his mother left when he was 8-years-old. Life was a struggle during the time, and his father had to carry the burden of parenting alone.
“We went through extreme poverty,” He told NBC News. “Like there were times when we just couldn’t eat.”
Growing up, Rehan endured multiple challenges, but that did not make him give up on his dream of going to Havard Law School.
For his dream to come to life, he had to work hard and make countless sacrifices to save as much money as possible. So he worked as a sanitation worker collecting people’s trash beside his older brother.
“You see a dumpster that looks really bad,” he told NBC News. “I’m the guy who’s going to make it look very good.”
When Rehan got into the University of Maryland, his older brother dropped out of school so he could proceed.
“The thing about my brother — he literally picked a profession where people looked down on him,” Rehan said. “So that others could look up to me.”
While at college, Rehan continued collecting trash, and sometimes he didn’t even have time to shower.
“I would have to sit on the side of class and try not to bother anybody with my scent,” He said.
Despite working a day job and attend school at the same time, Rehan graduated with good grades that made his dream of going to Havard become a reality.
During his graduation speech, he even took the time to acknowledge the people who have supported him and showed him love.
“The only reason that I made it to where I’m at is because people helped me,” he said.
Rehan is now planning to offer free tutoring as a way of giving back to society.
Rehan Staton has gone through all the challenges that come with life, but still, he was able to achieve his dream of going to Havard Law. Please SHARE his story to inspire other people not to give up.