Former Garbage Collector From Maryland Has Just Achieved A Place At Harvard Law School Overcoming Hardship And Adversity

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Former Garbage Collector From Maryland Has Just Achieved A Place At Harvard Law School Overcoming Hardship And Adversity

A garbage collector from Maryland has achieved his dream and been accepted to Harvard Law School, one of the most prestigious law schools in the world.


Rehan Staton, 24, had to come over adversity and rejection in his long battle to the top, including teachers who suggested that he be placed in special education.


Growing up in a single-parent family, his father had to work three jobs at a time to keep food on the table. Tragedy struck when a debilitating shoulder injury crushed Rehan's dream of becoming a professional boxer.


While his school grades were not great at first, it was work itself as a garbage collector, and the support of his colleagues that helped Rehan focus on his dreams. Forced to take the job after 12th grade to help support his family, he realised that without a sports career he would need to do extremely well in his SAT exams to make it into further education.



He said that his colleagues, many of whom were former prison inmates, encouraged him consistently to never settle and to keep striving. He told CNN:


"It was the first time in my life people were lifting me up for the sake of lifting me up and not because I was good at sports. I had to go to the 'bottom' of the social hierarchy – that's to say formerly incarcerated sanitation workers – in order to be uplifted. Each tragedy I faced forced me out of my comfort zone, but I was fortunate enough to have a support system to help me thrive in those predicaments."


After achieving the exam results required, he made it to the University of Maryland, where he earned a 4.0 GPA before graduating in 2018. While attending the university, he continued to work as a garbage collector to pay his way and also managed to head up a series of university organisations.




Staton then passed the LSAT after working with a political consultancy firm for a year. He is now Harvard bound and, no doubt, a lucrative career awaits him in the future.


It is through the hard-work shown to him by his coworkers in Maryland, that proved that determination can lead to success, even from the most difficult of situations.


His story is an inspiration to others who feel trapped and that their future may appear hopeless.

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