He used to haul trash and clean dumpsters to help his family scrape by, and now he’s headed to Harvard Law School.
Rehan Staton was raised by his dad in Bowie, Maryland after his mom left when he was 8. He says growing up was tough, he wasn’t good at school and one teacher even suggested he switch to special education classes.
His dad worked three jobs but struggled to pay for food and bills. So Staton got a job as a sanitation worker to help.
While at the University of Maryland, Staton still went to work hauling trash before class. Sometimes he had to race to class without taking a shower.
“I would have to sit on the side of class and try not to bother anybody with my scent that day”.
That certainly didn’t stop him — he went on to give the commencement speech at graduation and now he’s headed to Harvard Law school this fall.