With a GPA of 4.8, high school student Yessica Calderon, just got a full ride to Regis College – and the message she has for every student is definitely empowering.
“Some nights I would cry, not knowing what I would do with my future,” said Yessica Calderon as she accepted her full ride scholarship to Regis College. Despite having the qualifications to attend a four-year university, Yessica did not have access to any federal aid to help her pay for tuition because she wasn’t born in the U.S. This made the possibility of going to college slim to none. But thanks to the help of Regis College and non-profit organization, Boston Scholar Athletes, Yessica now has a full ride to Regis College, and she couldn’t be happier about it. Her message to every other high school student is this:
“Don’t give up. You can do it – you have a purpose in life […] And you should not feel down, don’t feel less just because you don’t have the same opportunities. Reach out for those, look for those.”
Unfortunately, we see a lot of terrible stories associated with Uber and other ride-share apps but this definitely isn’t one of them. No, this story of persistence, hard work and the power of being genuinely happy for other people’s success is making the rounds and we can’t stop watching it.
On, July 14th, 2019, Twitter user @718rubyy went viral when she tweeted a short video of her recent Uber ride.
In the tweet, she explains that her Uber driver shared with her that she might just be his lucky charm. What might have read as a pickup line, is actually some really awesome news. The tweet explains that — after two years of trying — the unnamed Uber driver has finally been accepted into Harvard University!
“My God, guys! My Uber driver got into Harvard,” she can be heard cheering. “Black Excellence!”
As if that good news wasn’t enough, the response of his passenger made the announcement even better. The Dominicana Uber patron can be heard on the video celebrating and hyping up her driver.
Her Uber driver took the congratulations with a balance of pride and shyness — ducking away from the camera while recording.
Twitter was quick to join in on the congratulations for this Harvard-bound young man.
This Twitter user had some words of encouragement and advice for the new Harvard student. When you’ve got good momentum, don’t slow down. We’re sure he’ll keep working towards his unquestionably bright future.
Others users pointed out that his passenger’s excitement on video is positively infectious.
This Dominicana must know that when one of us win, we all win. So, naturally, it makes sense to celebrate this young man’s accomplishments with the energy that we see on the video.
Some Twitter users suggested the Harvard student should continue to explore his luck.
Luck isn’t everything. We’re sure getting into Harvard took a lot of hard work as well. STILL, this new student should take full advantage of this good luck streak and hope for more positivity coming his way.
Like any good story, followers have been looking for the romance in this tale.
In fact, some were projecting their own romantic hopes for the pair. No word if there’s a love connection resulting from this Uber meet-cute, but we’ll keep an eye out for updates. In the meantime, we ship it.
However, some Twitter users saw it more as an ingenious pick-up line instead of true love.
We can see how it would seem that way but the news looks pretty genuine. Either way, we respect his game if it’s truly a line.
No matter what you feel about a possible romance between the two, one thing was agreed upon by all.
Uber story or not, this is the kind of content we like to see on the TL. Good luck at Harvard next year, mystery Uber driver!
During this graduation season, we love to hear about first-time college graduates, especially from those who are children of immigrants. It’s so inspiring to read how so many of these people worked hard to make their parents proud, especially because they worked even harder to give their children a better life. In very few cases, it’s not just their children who are graduating but the parents themselves.
Fifty-eight-year-old Adolfo González, a farmworker who used to pick celery, earned his bachelor’s degree from the California State University, Monterey Bay.
González, an indigenous immigrant from Mexico, worked in agriculture for years in Salinas Valley, California but always dreamed about going back to school. According to The Californian, González went back to nigh school to learn English. But even while continuing his studies, he never forgot his roots.
“I think it’s very important to learn our indigenous language because it’s part of our culture,” he told the publication. “It’s part of our identity.”
González graduated early and with honors a year after his daughter got her college degree as well.
“The most important thing for me is not what I’m doing now,” he told the publication. “The most important thing to me is to inspire people to do the same thing I did, because, como dijo Cesar Chavez, ‘Si se puede.'”
His journey and story to get to that stage are inspiring everyone who is reading about him on social media.
The “Si Se Puede” motto can take us all the way to the top. Not only does it inspire us to reach for the best that we can be, it also reminds us of how far we’ve come.
His story is proof that determination is the most important part of anyone’s journey.
“I took the decision to come to the United States like everybody does, because it’s the only way we can support our family,” he said. “I always promised to my mom ‘I will buy you a house,’ and I did it.”
He pursued an education so that he could continue to help his community.
Who wouldn’t want someone this passionate as their teacher? He is going to change the lives and thoughts of so many people. He is the kind of people we need to become educators to spark that love of education in others.
Big congratulations to Adolfo and his unending determination to become the best version of himself that he could be.
He will be like another Mr. Escalante. At least we can all hope that he will be the next big teacher to change lives one class at a time.
Congratulations, Adolfo González.
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