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Rehan Staton who got Rejected from Colleges after High School, Gains Admission to Harvard University



Rehan Staton,a high school graduate who works as a sanitation worker helps his single dad to pay their bills. Though Rehan Staton 24 years, a Maryland graduate who endured rejection after college completion, have now been accepted into Harvard Law School.

Life for the Statons was normal until their mother left and moved out of the country according to CNN reports. The household which was once stable, now struggled with the payment of utility bills.

Until Rehan turned 8 years, he states that, his childhood life in Bowie, Maryland was a life of privilege- having a loving parents, supportive big brother and a cushy, private school Education, including a tutor.

Rehan states “I would have to sleep with a heavy jacket on when it gets cold, “I was always angry and hungry. It really did affect my academic work at school, and I started to perform horribly”.

Staton indicated that, he moved from straight A’s to near the bottom of the class. He said “I couldn’t concentrate at school and I would sleep during class because it was warm there.

After graduating high school, financial issues , illness and a major sports injury left 18 year-old Rehan Staton frustrated and exhausted as he worked to support his brother and dad.

Despite his fractured home life, Rehan found comfort in athletics and also trained in martial arts and boxing.

Once he reached the seventh grade,a teacher told him, he needed special education, which made him “absolutely hate school”. His dad then stepped in. At the community center, his father met an aerospace engineer who offered to tutor Rehan for free for the rest of the school year.

“I ended up making honor roll the rest of the year”, Staton said. “He was like an uncle or godfather who gave me food and a place to stay sometimes. Rehan recounts. “The same teacher who suggested I be placed in special education actually wrote my dad an apology note”.

He hurriedly applied to a number of colleges before the year was out but got rejected from every school he applied to.

“That ended up just not working in my favor”, Rehan says. “So I ended up going to work as a garbage man”. Many co-workers had been formerly incarcerated. As he made the rounds picking up garbage, his crew mates couldn’t help but ask a simple question: “What are you doing here?”

Several co-workers spoke to managers at the sanitation company, and they put Staton in touch with a professor at Bowie State University — a school that denied him a few months earlier. The professor was impressed with their conversation and convinced the admissions board to reverse its decision.

Going to college forced Staton’s older brother, Reggie, to drop out. They both knew someone had to be working full time along with their dad or they’d lose the house, Staton said. It was a decision Reggie made on his own.

“My brother knew I’d be stuck if I didn’t jump on this opportunity and go to school because of my grades,” Staton said.


After receiving a 4.0, Staton matriculated to the University of Maryland, where he flourished as the president of the undergraduate history association, history representative for the dean’s cabinet and ultimately the graduation speaker for the class of 2018. Through it all, he continued as a garbage collector, waking up every morning before sunrise as he worked two separate shifts between classes. You wouldn’t find him at a party.

“I had to give up any sort of social life,” Staton said “I just put my head down and stuck to a schedule to make it all happen.”

Shortly after graduation, Staton’s health began to deteriorate unexpectedly, but landed a job at a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He took the LSAT and applied to law schools while working full time. In March, Staton, 24, learned he’d been accepted into his top choices — US

Staton is now set to enroll at Harvard Law School this fall. For anyone looking for inspiration during difficult times, Staton said to “love yourself enough to get what you want out of life. You can always see the light in any dark situation, and you need to hold on to that light.”

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