Rehan Staton is a young man who went from being a Garbageman to Graduating from a Major University, and even being honored as his Student Commencement Speaker. Rehan described his Journey as a “Miracle,” saying that he owed everything to his Former Coworkers, many of whom are ex-felons.
Because of his upbringing, Rehan said this was nothing short of a Miracle.
Due to traumatic events within his Family, Education was Not a Priority. Rehan was raised solely by his Father in Bowie, Maryland (USA) after his Mother walked out on his Family when he was young. Rehan then spent much of his Time practicing Martial Arts in the Hopes of one day becoming a Professional Fighter, Boxer, or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter.
Although Rehan wanted to succeed in school, food and housing insecurities plagued the family and he started to lose focus. “I worked a part-time job to pay off the household bills,” Rehan said. “In both areas, I felt successful – in martial arts I began to win national and international championships—and at work, I felt appreciated and productive. At school, I felt like I didn’t belong.”
When he was a senior in high school, a Serious Injury put an end to Rehan’s MMA Dreams. Rehan realized he would not be able to do MMA or boxing professionally. Since he placed heavy emphasis on Martial Arts rather than Schoolwork, both his GPA and SAT scores were below average, which discouraged him from enrolling in college and led him to work for a Trash and Recycling Company.
“Most of my coworkers were ‘ex-felons,’ but they changed my entire life by the love and support they gave me,” Rehan said of his time working at Bates Trucking Trash & Recycling. “They encouraged me every day to pursue college. Even the owner of the company and his son encouraged me.”
The Company Owner soon put Rehan in touch with a Professor at Bowie State University (BSU) who would go on to become his Mentor. Rehan soon enrolled at the school, where he immediately excelled and made the Dean’s List, and he became actively involved in Campus Activities and Organizations. He became President of an Organization geared toward mentoring other students, and received many Academic and Leadership Awards for his achievements. As he went to the School, he continued to work for the Trash Company.
After 2 years, Rehan transferred to University of Maryland (UMD), where he continued to score academic honors while working 40 hours per week, in order to support his Father who suddenly suffered Stroke. He lost weight, but he maintained his Dean’s List standing with a Cumulative GPA of 3.81 before he finally graduated!!!
Since graduating, Rehan has been working as a Paralegal to gain extra experience before entering Law School. He has also been giving Inspirational Speeches about his Journey at multiple schools in his area, to inspire others to reach their Dreams.
“I just feel lucky,” Rehan said. “Without the support of everyone around me, none of this would be possible. I will pay it forward.”
Rehan’s Story shows that we can Achieve Anything we want to in Life, if we put Our Mind to it~~~
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(Source from Good News Network on 20 January 2019 and Uplifting Today on 23 January 2019.)