A 22-year-old man who spent most of his teenage years in foster care has been accepted into 9 medical schools.
At one point Festus Ohan thought that he wouldn’t be able to make it through high school.
But that is exactly what Festus Ohan, 22, did: he succeeded. He remembers the day his father left him.
“I went to bed in tears, crying, praying, [and] asking God ‘Why did this happen to me?’” Festus says. Over the years, he was passed on from one family to another, so many of them in fact, that even he isn’t sure about the exact number – seven or eight is his best estimate.
His ultimate dream was to become a doctor. But the life he was living almost made it impossible for him to keep that dream alive.
Those that were actually supposed to encourage him were the ones that were discouraging him. “Constantly hearing my foster parents throw statistics at me, about there’s only a 1 percent chance that a foster kid will even graduate college, let alone attend professional school, kind of impacted me in a way,” Festus says.
That’s all changed now. Festus is about to graduate from University of California, Riverside with a degree in neuroscience. He’s so good at his studies that, so far, he has been accepted to 9 medical schools all over the country: Northwestern University, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of California, San Francisco, University of Houston, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.
Festus is headed to UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. He’s been offered a fellowship that covers all related expenses.
What an amazing story that shows that you are not your circumstance.
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