This Man Who Spent All His Life Flipping Burgers Just Graduated From Harvard!
Harvard is one of the most prestigious universities in the entire world. The best and brightest in the United States of America try their hardest just to get into Harvard University. Unfortunately, even if you’re smart enough to get in, paying for the tuition is entirely different matter. But that’s just how life works. The good things are often hard to get.
In life, we go through a lot of obstacles which help shape us into the person we grow up to be. Without these difficulties, we wouldn’t know how to properly handle tough situations which would result in people with weak personalities. Here in the Philippines, a lot of people will be able to relate to the experience of this teenager from the US.
Facebook user Shannon Satonori Lytle spent most of his high school days working a part-time job. According to him, he used to be a cook at a local McDonald’s near their place just so he could earn some extra cash to pay for his SAT. He flipped burgers for a living for the majority of his teenage life just so he could get into Harvard.
He also had to take care of and help raise his 3 baby siblings all while he was working and studying at the same time. Talk about struggle. Lytle was one of the few people who lived in poverty in a country where poverty is rare. But because he had a dream, he held on and persevered.
Read his full story and prepare to have your heart broken:
“In high school, I flipped burgers at McDonald’s so I could afford the privilege of taking the SAT. I fed and cared for my three baby siblings until they went to sleep and stayed up until 4am to do my homework. I walked home through a dangerous part of the city after extracurriculars because I couldn’t afford a car. I stuck my laptop out of my window at night to steal my neighbor’s wifi and finish my schoolwork. I was scoffed at and told, “from this part of Ohio, only the children of doctors and lawyers get to go to Ivy League Schools.” In college, I panicked when my laptop broke because I had worked 150 minimum wage hours to buy it. I scrubbed toilets, shelved books, and sold clothing so I could chase my dreams and travel the world. Throughout my life, I have maneuvered and begged for every kind of subsidy and coupon. I’m the son of a warehouse worker and an immigrant; a first generation student. Today, I graduated from Harvard.”
How about you? Did you relate to his story? Do you know someone who is similar to Lytle? Share yor thoughts with us in the comments section!