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A Harvard University graduate has taken to social media to share his success story.

The graduate, by name, Shannon Satonori Lytle explained how he, the son of a warehouse worker, and first graduate inches generation, paid his own way through the university, while taking care of his siblings at the same time.


Read all he said below:

“In High School, I flipped burgers at McDonald’s so I could afford the privilege of taking SAT. I fed and cared for my three 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 neighbour’s wifi and finish my school word. 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 and shelved books, and sold clothing so I could chase my dreams and travel the world. Throughout my life, I have manoeuvred 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.”


That is Shannon’s story. What’s your excuse?

Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye

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