24-Year-Old Who Collected Garbage To Pay For College Gets Accepted At Harvard Law School

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24-Year-Old Who Collected Garbage To Pay For College Gets Accepted At Harvard Law School

Rehan Staton, from Maryland, is an inspiration.

Rehan Staton, a college student from Maryland, has become a source of inspiration for many after he got selected into one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. As a young student, he studied hard and had to collect garbage to fund the studies. As reported by People , "From an early age, Staton said his father struggled to raise him and his older brother as a single parent." But this never came in the way of his hard work and his desire to succeed. Speaking with CBS , he said: "It was the people that were on the bottom of the hierarchy who really lifted me up. It helps me keep my eyes on the prize. If this were just about me and just fighting for myself, I definitely would have quit."

Rehan Staton (Image: GoFundMe)
Rehan Staton (Image: GoFundMe)

After he got selected, a GoFundMe page was setup to help him with his fee and his communication coach, Carmie McCook, wrote about him in detail. She writes: "Although I’m not his mother, I’m as proud as any parent could be because dear, kind, and amazing Rehan has been accepted to Harvard Law School!" She added: "I'm an executive communications coach based in Washington, DC. Rehan reached out to me last year wanting to hire a professional coach to help him "...become a better speaker so I can encourage others like me to never give up on your goals, no matter how hard it gets.""

Speaking about Rehan's life, she wrote: "After reading his life story in the University of Maryland campus news, and talking with him, told him I would be happy to coach him but I would not charge him. I only asked that he pay it forward. He graciously agreed. From the day we met, we connected. I felt incredibly strong empathy and admiration from him.  A bond was formed and I told him I'd always be there for him if he needed me for anything. He now calls me 'Ma.'"

Harvard Law School (Image: Wikipedia)
Harvard Law School (Image: Wikipedia)

At the time of writing, Rehan is less than $1,500 short of his target for his Harvard fee and if you need a reason to support him then in the words of Carmie McCook: "Yes, Rehan is smart, but what makes his achievement even more admirable is his courageous journey to this moment. His has been a path filled with poverty, roadblocks, setbacks, sacrifices, illnesses, and heartbreak." We congratulate him and wish him all the success in the world.

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