Uber driver earns college degree thanks to passenger who paid her class balance – he even attended her graduation
We often avoid conversations with strangers because it’s sometimes awkward and uncomfortable, but it can also lead to opportunities that we wouldn’t normally get within our own circles.
One Uber driver who engaged in conversation with one of her passengers is glad she did because it led to her graduating from college.
Latonya Young is now one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a lawyer, and it’s all thanks to a random passenger who paid off her college debt when he heard her life’s story.
Young is a hair stylist by day and an Uber driver by night – she works both jobs to make ends meet for her family.
One day, Young picked up a passenger outside of Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the pair began to engage in the typical small talk, not knowing that this conversation would change Young’s life forever, she told WSB.
The single mom, 43, ended up explaining to her passenger that she got pregnant at 16 and had to drop out of school so she could raise her child.
She earned her GED in 2007 but told ABC News that she “wasn’t fully satisfied because I felt like I hadn’t accomplished a goal that needed to be accomplished. I didn’t want to stop there.”
Not wanting to stop, she enrolled at Georgia State in 2010 and began to take classes, but was soon stopped because of a $693 financial hold on her account.
She continued explaining the story to her passenger about also having to drop out of college, all because of a $700 balance she couldn’t afford to pay off.
“Every time I got ready to pay the money, my kids needed something,” Young said, recounting the story to WSB. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll just wait.'”
And that was how the ride ended, with a typical goodbye that you would normally have with a stranger – that was until a few days later when Young received a call from Georgia State.
The college called to tell Young that she was now eligible to register for classes again – she was shocked.
The passenger, identified as Kevin Esch, had paid the balance, which ultimately led to Young earning an associate degree in criminal justice.
“Literally I was blown away,” Young said. “A stranger has never done that — or done anything like that — for me.”
With the balance paid, Young said she had to finish out her schooling for him. “I maintained my grades, As and Bs, just trying to make sure he knows I appreciate him,” she said.
In fact the two kept in touch, so much so that Esch even attended Young’s graduation in December. Esch told WSB that Young is an inspiration and that he’s blessed to have had the opportunity to help her.
Now that she knocked out the Associates Degree, s Young has major motivation and she’s not stopping anytime soon. Young will be back in class this month to pursue her bachelor’s degree with hopes of becoming a lawyer.
This just goes to show that you never know what can come out of the simplest conversation with a stranger.
It also shows us how beautiful humans are and when you give them the chance to do good things, they almost always rise to the occasion, just like Young did with earning her college degree. And that, is Majical.