I saw this great news segment on ABC the other night about this then-young-man, who fled warn-torn Yugoslavia for America, and who now at the age of 52, earned his degree from Columbia University.
Be sure to watch the video on the linked article.
It’s an amazing story of focus and putting one foot in front of another to achieve a goal and improve a life.
Gac Filipaj took a job as a janitor at Columbia so he could take advantage of 14 free credits per year, offered to full-time employees. He had tremendous challenges working full-time and learning the language (he took 7 years to gain English competence) before tackling his degree course work.
Amazing focus, resiliency and doing what’s necessary to achieve his goal.
[via Richard Wanderman]