Rehan Staton, a remarkable 24-year-old American, has finally earned a Doctor of Law degree from the esteemed Harvard Law School.
His Bachelor of Arts degree program at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, was paid for by his labor as a rubbish collector.
Rehan Staton described how for years, he had to get up early in the morning to gather trash before going to class at the University of Maryland in order to pay for his education.
He noted that because of his profession, he didn’t have time to take a shower and frequently sat in the back of lecture halls to avoid his peers.
Additionally, he described how his father and brother gave up a lot for him to succeed in his academic endeavors. “When she returned to Sri Lanka, my mother abandoned my dad, my brother, and I.
I was probably too little to pay attention to some of the events, but I am aware that they were horrible,” Staton told the newspaper.
Things simply kept coming our way. At one time, my dad lost his job and had to start working three jobs to support us.
It got to the point where I barely got to see my father, and a lot of my childhood was very lonely.” Staton narrated further.
Staton however struggled hard and had to sign up as a sanitation worker after getting lots of rejections from colleges in the United States.
He later got recommended by a professor at Bowie State University and later transferred to the University of Maryland where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History.
After graduating in 2018, Staton took an analyst job at a consulting firm in Washington D.C. He eventually applied to law school and was accepted to Harvard Law School, Columbia University
The University of Pennsylvania, the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University. (Georgetown University; New York University; the University of California, Berkeley; and UCLA placed him on their waitlist.)
But he made the decision to enroll at Harvard Law School to earn his J.D.
Rehan Staton secured a fundraiser that brought in almost $46,000, and according to his LinkedIn profile, he will earn his doctorate in law in June 2023.
“When I reflect on my past, I want to believe that I was able to make the best of a bad situation.