Read This If You Feel Like Giving Up Already

You are not alone.
by Mara Agner   |  May 27, 2017
Image: Shanon Santori Lytle |
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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.


"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."


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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