In a remarkable journey of perseverance, Tylan Bailey, a 43-year-old man, has finally accomplished his dream of graduating from Georgia State University in the United States, after spending 24 years working as a janitor in a local high school.
For nearly a quarter of a century, Bailey dedicated himself to serving as a custodian at Hightower Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. However, amidst his janitorial responsibilities, he nurtured a deep aspiration to become a teacher, a dream he would eventually pursue.
At the age of 40, Bailey took a significant step towards his goal by enrolling in Georgia State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, with a minor in special education.
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“I always wanted to be a college graduate. I always wanted to be a teacher. So having everything sink in at that moment was the best feeling I could ever have,” shared Bailey in an interview with WSBTV.
Balancing his janitorial duties with rigorous academic studies, Bailey embarked on his educational journey at the College of Education & Human Development of Georgia State University. Three years later, at the age of 43, he achieved his long-awaited goal, graduating with honors.
Bailey’s story serves as a testament to the power of determination and the pursuit of one’s dreams, regardless of the obstacles that come one’s way. Through his unwavering dedication and relentless pursuit of education, Bailey has transformed his life, demonstrating that it’s never too late to achieve one’s aspirations.