Former sanitation worker never gave up dream for Harvard Law

Rehan Stanton was admitted to Harvard Law after almost abandoning school altogether.
2:32 | 07/11/20

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Finally tonight here, our person of the week. The young man and the call that finally came, but it did not come without the work. Rehan Staton from bowie, Maryland, was determined to never give up. Growing up, his single father cared for him and he vowed to pay it forward, no matter what. Tonight, rehan right here. Time got really tough. Food insecurity, we didn't even have heat in the winter. Reporter: He said after his mother left the family and his father lost his job, he struggled. His grades struggled. My high GPA was a 2.0, and I got denied by every single college I applied to. So I opted to go work for the local trash company. Reporter: That job, 4:00 A.M. Every morning, changed rehan's That changed my life forever. It's like the first time in my life everyone around me picked me up and embraced me. Reporter: His coworkers encouraged him to fight for his dreams. They saw something in me, they uplifted me. Reporter: He went back to school, got his grades up. He was accepted at the yeefrt of the Maryland work, two jobs to pay for it. I would wake up, clean the dumpsters, go to school, and then after the school I would go back to finish my shift. Reporter: He then reached for his next dream, Harvard law school. This was the moment rehan would find out if he got in. All right, I'm clicking it. Congratulations! Let's go! Reporter: He is now headed to Harvard law this fall. I got into Harvard. And really it was probably just the greatest moment of my life, specifically because I finally felt that I could pay back my dad and my brother for all their sacrifices. Reporter: Tonight, rehan's message on pushing forward, pushing through, no matter what. Just love yourself enough to always give yourself what you want. Life is not always going to be fair, but I -- MM, it's not going to be fair. I can promise you it won't be fair, but if you put in the work, you stay disciplined, stay hungry, everything will fall into place. So we choose rehan, his message to powerful and really so true. Don't give up. I'll see you on Monday.

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