Young Sanitation Worker Heading To Harvard Law

Rehan Staton, 24, is going from collecting garbage in Maryland to learning the law at Harvard University Law School.

Staton’s father raised him and his brother alone. When his father suffered a stroke, he got a job in sanitation to support the family while also attending the University of Maryland. He finished his undergraduate degree with a 3.84 GPA. He says "failure wasn’t an option."

He will begin classes online at Harvard Law School this fall.“Despite all these difficulties that we’ve been going through over the decades, I finally got into Harvard,” Stanton said. “All of their sacrifices were not in vain. I don’t even know how to put into words. I don’t think even they can put it into words.”


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