In a testament to human will and dedication, a 24-year-old boy who worked as a garbage collector has earned his spot at Harvard Law School.
Despite financial stress, 18-year-old college student Rehan Staton worked at Bates Trucking & Trash Removal sanitation company in Bowie, Maryland to pay his way through college.
At 24, Rehan is not just a college graduate but also on his way to Harvard Law School to pursue higher studies from one of the most prestigious education institutions in the world.
Rehan received the good news in July this year and since then, the 24-year-old has become an icon on social media. Many have been sharing Rehan's good news with congratulator messages across platforms such as Twitter and Reddit.
#MondayMotivation This young man went from working as a garbage collector while in college to now accepted to @Harvard Law School - Congrats Rehan!! https://t.co/KUZJghNvgh— Ashley 🏈🍸🌴 (@BamaBelleCHS) July 13, 2020
SIRI, what is love? 24 Y.O. Garbage Collector Gets Admitted To Harvard After Receiving Huge Support From His Colleagues To Pursue His Education | Bored Panda https://t.co/wwGHe04YBc— Lerato Mogoatlhe (@MadamAfrika) July 11, 2020
I love this! We need more positive stories like this...Student who worked double shifts as garbage collector to pay for college @UofMaryland with 4.0 GPA is accepted to Harvard Law School https://t.co/vHgUmCKygy via @GMA #perseverance #goalsetting @Harvard #hope #future— Dr. Cathy Eng (@CathyEngMD) July 11, 2020
Garbage collector is accepted into Harvard Law School https://t.co/5vJ7hfCIS7 He woke up every morning at 4am to collect garbage to help take care of his broken family. The odds were stacked against Rehabn, but I keep telling you...hard work and faith are no match for the odds!— MalaniKai (@MalaniKai) July 8, 2020
Rehan and his brother were raised by his father their mother left the country when he was eight.
When he was in high school, Rehan started training for boxing. But a shoulder injury soon left those dreams shot. Despite the hardships, Rehan kept working hard until he landed his dream varsity.
Rehan will be starting his new session at the law school this fall.