Rehan Staton was raised by his father who had to work three jobs to support him and his brother.
He said his mother left the family home in Bowie, Maryland, when he was 8 years old and life was a struggle.
“We went through extreme poverty, there were times when we just couldn’t eat,” he told NBC News.
But despite all the obstacles this young man faced he never gave up his dream of going to Harvard Law School.
Achieving his dream meant making a lot of sacrifices and working hard to save as much money as he could so Rehan worked as a sanitation worker collecting people’s trash alongside his older brother.
“When you’re out in the street and you see a dumpster that looks really bad, I’m the guy who’s going to make it look very good,” he said, as per NBC News.