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Have you ever had one of those days when nothing ever seems to work in your favor? That even if you tried your hardest, your bestest, or have given your all, it still feels as if the universe has found a way to screw your life over?

Don't worry, you're not alone. There are a lot of people out there who feel the same way. Some people call it an "off day" but for others, it's more than just a day—it's their current life situation and until they do something about it, nothing will change.

Case in point: Shannon Satonori Lytle, a fresh graduate of Harvard who arrived at the Ivy League school five years ago with only $120 to his name. Shannon initially wanted to take a Government and History course, but couldn't afford the textbooks, so he took Computer Science instead and made it work.

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Fast forward to 2017 and he's the first in his family to graduate, and from Harvard at that! But his journey was far from easy. He just worked hard and found a way to work around the deck of cards the universe has dealt him. Read his post below.

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"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."

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The next time you feel like giving up on your situation, take inspiration from Shannon and his journey. Like they always say, it's not going to be easy, but it will definitely be worth it.

Do you have a similar experience, Candy Girls? Share them with us in the comments below!

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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

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