It is true that the struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.
Shannon Satonori Lytle will strongly agree as he has seen some great life struggles as he went on to conquer them and emerge as a winner. The son of a warehouse worker and an immigrant was once told that only the children of doctors and lawyers go to Ivy League Schools.
He shared his accomplishment and the hard work it took to get him there in a post on Facebook, recounting flipping burgers in high school to pay for the SAT, caring for his younger siblings and hanging out his window to mooch off his neighbour’s Wifi to finish his homework.
Lytle also wrote about the dismissive attitudes of people around him who didn’t think he’d ever reach his goals.
“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,”’ the post reads.
He sure did prove them wrong.
Lytle also talked about his fear when his laptop broke, as it had cost him 150 hours of work to buy in the first place.
The new grad, who finished school with a degree in computer science, wrote in a separate, now unavailable, post that he began university with $120 and chose that area of study because it didn’t require as many textbooks, making the classes more affordable than other subjects, according to Teen Vogue.
Lytle also clarified in a later post that he was aware of SAT fee waivers and other initiatives to make applying to college more affordable to low-income students, but that the reality was many students don’t know these options are out there and applying to many schools can be unaffordable regardless
Lytle, he told Teen Vogue he wanted other people in his situation to know that they shouldn’t feel inferior because of their socioeconomic situations.
“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.”
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