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Everyone knows that success rarely comes easy or handed to you on a silver platter. You have got to work hard for it.
Harvard graduate Shannon Satonori Lytle, who became the first person in his family to graduate from college, is fine proof of that.
On May 26, he shared the inspirational tale of how he struggled with poverty and unkind circumstances in life to get to where he is today, along with his graduation photo.
He wrote on Facebook:
"In high school, I flipped burgers at McDonald’s so I could afford the privilege of taking the SAT. I fed and cared for my three baby 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 neighbor’s wifi and finish my schoolwork.
"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, shelved books, and sold clothing so I could chase my dreams and travel the world.
"Throughout my life, I have maneuvered 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."
Lytle's post has been met with overwhelmingly positive reception, having garnered over 214,000 shares to date.
He told Teen Vogue, "I often felt inferior because of my socioeconomic status.
"No matter what your personal obstacle is, please don’t feel this way if you can help it. Raise your head, roll up your sleeves, and work hard knowing that every person is valuable and deserves a chance to become the person they want to be."