- A young man detailed one how he hustled to put himself through one of the best universities in the world
- Shannon Satonori Lytle inspired thousands online with his success story
- He revealed he worked several jobs, including flipping burgers at McDonald's, to fund his studies
- Lytle's hard work paid off and he ended up graduating from Harvard University
Shannon Satonori Lytle - the son of a warehouse worker and an immigrant - has inspired many with his success story.
Lytle is no stranger to struggling and like millions around the world, he grew up underprivileged. However, not having the same benefits as his rich counterparts did not stop Lytle from pursuing his dreams.
A screenshot of a post Lytle shared online has been circulating on several social media platforms, inspiring internet users.
Briefly.co.za learned the post was from 2017 but it resurfaced this month on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Lytle revealed he worked as a cook at McDonald's so he could afford to take the SAT. He also used the money to feed his three baby siblings and would often wait until they fell asleep to do his homework - sometimes he even stayed up until 4 am.
In the viral post, the inspiring young man detailed the struggles he had to face to get his degree but he revealed it all paid off.
He graduated from one of the best universities in the world - Harvard. And, Lytle did it all on his own, without any privilege.
Take a look at his post below:
The story was shared on AllNewsInc's Instagram page earlier this month and it gathered over 45 000 reactions.
Haley Porterfield commented:
"He should be proud, and we should question why someone in the public education system in the ‘greatest country on earth’ has to commit a crime (stealing his neighbors Wi-Fi) and go hungry and stay up all hours of the night. Having the same access and opportunities to education as his rich counterparts should be the norm. This level of exceptionalism shouldn’t be normal. Everybody should have the same opportunities."
"This is a guy who didn’t blame other people for his misfortune or make excuses for any shortfalls. He will do amazing things for himself! So awesome to read about!"
"That’s exactly right perseverance, discipline, strength, desire to get ahead. Not privilege. Amazing!"
"Congratulations, your story is inspiring and you should be really proud."
Meanwhile, another graduation story has inspired people online. A young woman has taken to Facebook to share her journey of obtaining her degree in chemical engineering. Koketso Mbewe graduated from the University of Pretoria after eight years of studying for her four-year degree. She shared the reality of studying and that it's not all glam and fun.
She said she had experienced a lot of self-esteem issues and that her confidence was massively bruised due to the time it took her to complete her degree.
Part of the post read:
"In those 8 years, I have also learned to discover adventures in the form of social development projects, volunteering, being part of fellowships (on governance, leadership & entrepreneurship) and doing public speaking."
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