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This Harvard-Bound South L.A. Teen Was Able To Pull His Family Out Of Homelessness

Courtesy of Jorge Campos

Meet Jorge Campos, a student from South Los Angeles who was recently accepted to Harvard.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Jorge Campos

Not only did Campos get accepted to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, he also helped pull his parents out of a dire financial situation. Campos and his family fell on hard times just after his middle school graduation (pictured above) and were evicted from their home. They bounced from hotels and motels to relatives’ homes and, on some nights, they slept in their van. This prompted Campos to start learning about the financial system to help his family pull themselves out of their situation and better their lives.

Campos spoke with mitú about his successes, his future plans and how his family survived when they were struggling financially.

“We were coming from a very difficult financial background and I was forced to mature and really, it was around this time of coming into ninth grade that genuine curiosity for learning and education sort of blossomed,” Campos told mitú. “I started reading different articles online and reading about FICO Scores and interest rates and banking structures.”

Not only did he study and put in the time to make his dream come true, Campos also became the financial manager for his family during the time they were homeless.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Jorge Campos

“It was this whole series of skills that I had to pick up so I could start budgeting my parents’ accounts. I was able to start managing the money that was coming in while making sure that they were paying on time and making sure that accounts were left current,” Campos told mitú. “It means that I was spending a lot of time on the phone with bankers and on the phone with different companies asking and negotiating how our family was going to move forward.”

Due to Campos’ guidance, the family was able to purchase a home in Palmdale, Calif. during his junior year.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Jorge Campos

Yet, with the family settling in in Palmdale, Campos decided that he was not ready to leave his school, Manual Arts High School in South L.A.

Rather than abandoning all of the connections he had made at Manual Arts High, he found a way to make the 140-mile round trip to his high school every day.

I'm getting really tired of the daily commute. 2hrs every day ?. #manualartshighschool #totallyworth

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“I spoke with my parents and had the long talk. My dad’s work is about half the distance from here. He works in the valley from where I live, so he’ll drive me about an hour and 15 minutes. Then I’ll get a train, then the bus to get to school every morning,” Campos explained to mitú about his daily commute to school. “It means that I have to be up by about 4:45 in the morning and I won’t get home until about 9 o’clock every day but at least I can now look back and say that it was worth it.”

Campos’ fascination with finance has inspired him to study economics at Harvard University.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Jorge Campos

Campos and his family are very happy with his acceptance to Harvard but Campos says he was always determined to make sure he wasn’t accepted based on his circumstances. Campos told mitú that he knew from the beginning that if he wanted to make it to Harvard, he would have to work twice as hard as someone in a better school. He also spent time preparing for the ACT and SAT to make sure that he was nationally competitive with other students.

After graduation, he plans on returning to L.A. to help families like his.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Jorge Campos

“I’ve always been fascinated with city infrastructure, so I plan to study economics at Harvard and I plan to pursue public policy as a master’s program,” Campos told mitú. “As a career, I want to jump into local government and pursue fiscal policy to address these same differences that a family like mine was transitioning into.”

Campos says his parents’ work ethic has inspired him to always push through, no matter how difficult things become.


“It’s a dedication and a work ethic like no other and I’ve learned that I can be going through the worst of situations because I’ve gone through the worst of situations and they’re still trying to move forward,” Campos told mitú. “There’s never been a time when my parents have given up or just completely stopped because they felt it was too much. There was never a moment when they felt completely helpless because there was always an opportunity to take responsibility, an opportunity to make sure that moving forward you put the time and the work in to accomplish whatever you want to accomplish.”

Way to go, Jorge.

Voted Most Successful, feels nice… @manualarts_hs @idalia.98 #stanfordbound #harvardbound #classof2017

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Best of luck on your journey through Harvard. If you would like to help Campos with his transition to college, his family has set up a GoFundMe page.


READ: This Cubana is So Damn Brilliant, Her Harvard Professor Called Her the Next Einstein

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11 Things Every Guy Dreads Every Time He's Asked To Be A Chambelan

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11 Things Every Guy Dreads Every Time He’s Asked To Be A Chambelan

Being a chambelan for someone’s quinceañera is no joke. You don’t really realize how much work goes into being a chambelan until you show up at that first valz practice and realize you’ll be dedicating your Saturday mornings for the next four months to practice your two-step.

Here are all the dreadful things guys go through when they agree to be a chambelan

As soon as you get asked to be the chambelan for someone’s quinceañera, your initial thought can be summed up in this tweet:


Whyyyyy tho?

But because your mom is forcing you it’s impolite to say no, you basically have no choice but to say yes…no matter whose quince it is.


What is this, a quince blind date?

Even if she’s your ex.

https://twitter.com/el_candyman32/status/845623704566444034


Damn that’s awkward.

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And if you have a whole bunch of primas or sisters, then you’re really screwed.

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You have no way out. You’re going to be a chambelan for the next 5 to 7 years.

So start saving or figure out how your parents are going to spend hundreds of dollars on a tux you’ll only wear for one day.

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Because who would wear a tux with a colorful ass tie and vest to match with the quinceañera.

Then, be prepared to deal with 4 months of dance practice to make sure no one messes up the classic two-steps-forward-one-step-back dance.

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Because you know 78% of these kids have no rhythm.

But if it’s taking up too much of your social life, not to worry. These 90-minute sessions can replace your gym time.


Chambelan practice is a workout in disguise.

The fun continues to the actual day of the quinceañera, when you’re in the spotlight all. day. long.

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So make sure to smiiiiile. 🙂

Be prepared for all of that attention you’ll get (even though it’s not *your* quince).


You just have to try to look your freshest…even with a pimple on your face.

Next up on the super fun chambelan agenda is, taking pictures at the park for 5,000 hours.

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Sooooooo much fun, right?!!!

And to end the night, you have to try your best not to f*ck up in this awkward waltz dance that you practiced for three-quarters of your life.

CREDIT: JESUS MURILLO / YOUTUBE

You got this. I believe in you.

Lots of responsibilities, right?…Well, that’s why some guys will do anything to try to avoid being a chambelan.


Literally anything.

But savor the moment, because one day you’ll wish you could do it all over again.


Ahh those chambelan days…gone, but never forgotten. ?


READ: 11 Quinceañera Photoshoots That Are Way Over The Top


What did you dread most about being a chambelan? Comment and hit the share button below!