Nearly 20 years ago. This man left his family in the former war-ravaged yugoslavia, heading to america with no money, no job, and no english speaking skills.
He landed a job at Columbia University , mopping floors. cleaning mirrors, and emptying the trash. That job turned into an education in the classics, and now an Ivy League degree.
The 52 year old was accepting into columbia school of general studies back in 2000 and took advantage of free courses for employees. He said juggling a full-time job and one or two courses a semester got exhausting at times. He typically took morning classes so he could work the night shift until 11:00 p.m ., then he had to commute home.