For 24-year-old Rehan Staton, acceptance into Harvard Law School was once a pipe dream—but now it is a reality for the former sanitation worker.
Growing up, Staton says, he was “losing in everything…no social life, home life was just horrible, and I hated school more than anything.” After graduating high school, and receiving only rejections to his college applications, Staton went to work at Bates Trucking & Trash Removal in Bladensburg, Md.
“The other sanitation workers were the only people in my life who uplifted me and told me I could be somebody,” says Staton—and they encouraged him to reapply to college. In 2018, Staton graduated from the University of Maryland with a 4.0 GPA and took a job at the Robert Bobb Group, a D.C.-based consulting firm.
Now, this fall, Staton is off to Harvard Law. The road to receiving the acceptance letter was “long and bumpy,” but if you “keep your eyes on the prize, everything will fall into place.” And, apparently, it doesn’t hurt to have friends in the sanitation business.