Black Teen’s Admittance Video Into Cornell Goes Viral
Louisiana teen Brendon Gauthier shared a moment every high school senior is anxious about with his friends and family. Gauthier checked his admissions status online to the prestigious Cornell University, and what happened next will make you grab a Kleenex.
Watch the incredible moment below:
The teens tells the Cornell Sun that he hopes to make his community and family proud by attending the university:
Gauthier said he was raised in a low-income family and his mother worked long hours to give him the opportunity to make a name for himself. She also pushed him to work hard in school, telling him to keep his head in his books and prioritize classes over sports.
“If I didn’t want [a good grade] for myself, I damn sure wanted it for my mom,” Gauthier said. “If I don’t succeed, then I’m letting her down. … That’s what’s always fueled my drive: to get my family in a better situation.”
Gauthier said people in his small southern Louisiana city often recognize his last name as the same as that of his biological father, who lived in the same area and has not been involved in Brendon’s life.