*Wow, imagine a world where we heard news like this more often. A man who was once a product of the foster care system, hung in there, in spite of the fact that no one believed in him, and came out on top!
Festus Ohan is now a graduate of UCLA and has received multiple acceptance letters to top medical universities, according to KABC.
Not shying away from revealing the day his father abandoned him as a kid, he shared, “I went to bed in tears, crying, praying, asking God, ‘Why did this happen to me?’”
As is the case with many children in the foster care system, Ohan was paraded from family to family. So much so, that he doesn’t even recall how many families he has gone through; though he estimates around seven or eight. “My time in the foster care system was the worst time in my life.” That only served to make school more challenging.
And worst of all, was the fact that his foster parents never supported his dreams of becoming a doctor, says the young man who had more than his share of fights in high school and nearly got expelled in the process.
“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,” he added.
However, Ohan proved himself better than the odds. He has graduated from one of the top schools in the nation, UCLA, with a neuroscience degree, and has received acceptance letters to schools such as Northwestern University, Columbia University, University Of Houston and even Cornell University.
UC Riverside’s Jan Forrester remembered when she first met him.
“He had never heard that he could do this before, and you could start to see him start to believe he could be a doctor,” she said.
Ohan hopes his triumph will spur others to do the same. “Never give up, really hold on to your dreams, because as long as you’re able to stick through it and persevere, you will accomplish your goals.”