He Grew Up Poor But Defied All Odds to Graduate from Harvard
“From this part of Ohio, only the children of doctors and lawyers get to go to Ivy League Schools.” These are the words Shannon Satonori Lytle heard all throughout his life but fortunately, he did not let anybody define his destiny for him. Now, he stands proud holding a diploma from arguably the most prestigious university in the world, Harvard.
His journey towards achieving his dreams was not easy considering that his family had very little money. “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 4 am to do my homework,” Lytle wrote.
Unlike other students, Lytle did not have a luxury of a car or even an internet connection to help with his schoolwork. In fact, he had to work unceasingly in order to afford a laptop, a necessity for students all over the world.
“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,” Lytle shared. “In college, I panicked when my laptop broke because I had worked 150 minimum wage hours to buy it,” he continued.
Apparently, Lytle did practically everything imaginable just to finish college and have a shot at living his dream life.
“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,” Lytle wrote. “I’m the son of a warehouse worker and an immigrant; a first generation student. Today, I graduated from Harvard,” he ended the post proudly.
Lytle shared his success story in a Facebook post and it has spread like wildfire, inspiring people from all walks of life, garnering over 17,000 like and 200,00 shares.
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