For 18-year-old Seth Owen, going to college was a goal he had been working towards since he was little. But when his parents found out he was gay, they completely rejected him. And since his college acceptance depended on his parents’ financial support, the would-be undergrad’s dream appeared to be over. That is, until someone unexpected stepped in to offer their help.
It’s not always cool for young kids to show enthusiasm for academia. But it’s not something that Owen ever shied away from. From a young age, he had lofty ambitions about what he wanted to do later in life. Furthermore, the young man knew he had to go through college to reach his goal.
As Owen explained to NBC News in July 2018, “I was the nerd in fifth grade who walked around recess talking about how I wanted to be an astronaut. I was always in a textbook, always in the library, always reading something.” Whatever it took to get into college, then, Owen was clearly prepared to do.