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  • More than 8 million of you watched these two brothers

  • get accepted into their dream colleges.

  • Take a look at this.

  • Wait, wait, wait.

  • Back up.

  • Yeah, you up there.

  • Or not.

  • Their story is even more incredible.

  • From Opelousas, Louisiana, please

  • welcome Alex and Aryton Little.

  • OK, who's Alex?

  • Who's Aryton?

  • Alex.

  • I'm Aryton.

  • All right.

  • OK.

  • So look, yeah.

  • Hi, everybody.

  • So, OK, this is incredible.

  • You were surrounded by friends and schoolmates

  • not knowing which way it was going to go.

  • We do that for all our seniors.

  • It's just like a ritual we do at our school.

  • Right.

  • So it's always like a nerve-wrecking thing

  • for everyone sitting in that chair

  • because, like, that's the decision right there.

  • Nobody knows.

  • Right.

  • And how old are you?

  • I'm 18.

  • You're 18 and you're 16.

  • Yes.

  • And you got into Harvard.

  • And you got into Stanford.

  • I mean, not just got in, but full scholarships.

  • And so, you obviously do very well at school.

  • And this obviously has been a dream for both of you?

  • Oh, yes ma'am.

  • It's been, like, the goal that you worked

  • towards since you were a kid.

  • Those are schools that you think of.

  • Whenever you think of education, like Stanford, Harvard--

  • those are the schools you think of.

  • And it's really surreal just to be

  • able to say that I got accepted and that they're

  • doing all this stuff for me.

  • It's a little hard because for 16 years my life,

  • it's been Harvard.

  • And now I got into Harvard.

  • Now I'm thinking, oh--

  • oh, I got to pick something else to do.

  • It worked out.

  • Well, that's the good thing.

  • You have to pick another goal.

  • That's the thing in life-- you have

  • to keep trying to find things to search for that

  • makes you passionate and happy.

  • So this went viral.

  • And are you surprised by how many people have seen this?

  • I honestly say I was.

  • Because I just kind of put it on Twitter

  • because I was just excited, like, I did it.

  • I got in to college.

  • But then people really started taking towards the video.

  • And I was just like, wow.

  • I got excited to see all these people.

  • They were like retreat-- like, I'm in that room with you.

  • celebrating.

  • That type of energy is magical.

  • Yeah.

  • I mean, what makes it more amazing is

  • your mom is in the audience.

  • And hi, Mom.

  • You're incredible.

  • You are--

  • She is incredible.

  • Yeah.

  • You are incredible.

  • I told you that I saw you driving in on the lot this

  • morning and I-- your story is--

  • I mean, you were raised by a single mom.

  • You were on the verge of being homeless

  • for most of your lives.

  • You spent years in a home with no heat, no food a lot of times

  • and you would leave the oven burners on

  • to keep you warm at night.

  • Your younger brother passed away a couple of years ago.

  • And through all of this, you maintained the highest GPAs

  • in your class.

  • That is amazing.

  • I mean, that is a testament to who

  • you are to raise these two young boys like this.

  • Because a lot of people and a lot of young boys

  • would use that as an excuse to say, I don't have time

  • and, you know, go in a different direction.

  • Yeah, it's kind of--

  • it's just whenever I think about it,

  • I thought about education was my ticket out.

  • I knew that I was smart and I was able to get good grades.

  • I said, I'm going to work as hard

  • as I can to do this because I notice that our mom has

  • been doing a lot for us.

  • And so, I know one thing she likes--

  • she says all the time is that, no matter

  • what I was going through, no matter what bills were going

  • unpaid, or how hard her situation was,

  • I knew that I was coming home to kids who

  • weren't out getting into who knows what

  • and they had good grades.

  • She's like, that's something that she

  • was proud to be able to say that no matter what was going on.

  • Yeah.

  • So not only are you proud, but this is such a relief for you

  • to know that they are completely taken care of in college.

  • You don't have to worry about that.

  • I truly am because, you know, people

  • say paycheck to paycheck-- sometimes

  • it wasn't even paycheck to paycheck.

  • And I didn't want them to see and be

  • aware of just how bad it was.

  • But like he said, the one thing I didn't have to worry about

  • was them and their grades.

  • You know, what was getting cut off,

  • what was about to get repossessed or whatever--

  • I had that on my shoulders.

  • But the one thing I didn't have to worry about

  • was their schooling.

  • They took care of that.

  • It was one less thing--

  • Yeah.

  • --you know, that I had to worry about.

  • So that--

  • Well, I-- I love all of you and I have something

  • for your mom a little later.

  • But I have something for y'all for your dorm room.

  • Your dorm is taken care of.

  • Oh!

  • Oh, my God.

  • Amazing.

  • [INAUDIBLE] No way.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • And you don't even play guitar.

  • [INAUDIBLE]

  • I think you'll have plenty of time to play guitar.

  • All right, we're back with Alex and Aryton

  • and their mom, Maureen.

  • And so we didn't talk about what do y'all want to do after you

  • graduate?

  • The dream is to get a job on Wall Street.

  • And with that money and influence,

  • I want to make a nonprofit so it can help students that were

  • in our situation that are--

  • and just help them.

  • Because I know that I would definitely

  • wanted someone to help my mom.

  • That's a great idea.

  • That's fantastic.

  • Well, for me, part of what drew me to Stanford

  • was its proximity to the Silicon Valley and all the tech

  • opportunities out there.

  • And so I want to work in a place like Google or Tesla

  • and really get my hands in the STEM field.

  • And after that, I want to start a nonprofit

  • to help kids like my age-- well not my age, who are younger

  • than me get into areas in the STEM field

  • because I think about where I made without the resources.

  • Just imagine if I gave my 12-year-old self a laptop

  • and told him, here-- here's how you code things.

  • Here's a robotics kit.

  • Why don't you learn and tinker with that and see

  • would he be able to bring himself to use his energy there

  • as opposed to somewhere else.

  • Yeah, you all are amazing.

  • I just keep saying it.

  • You're just amazing.

  • Thank you.

  • All right.

  • And again, you just have to be so proud of them.

  • I mean, I just can't imagine if they would

  • have gotten different news.

  • I mean, this is--

  • I mean, it seemed like it was obvious they were going to get

  • in because of their grades.

  • But, I mean, you have to be just so thrilled.

  • I am so incredibly proud of them.

  • I cannot just-- it's amazing.

  • You know, to know that they did it even with the stuff

  • that we've had to deal with-- you know,

  • you mentioned about the oven, heat, and everything else.

  • It was pretty bad.

  • Yeah.

  • It really was.

  • Yeah.

  • But, you know, they did it.

  • Yeah.

  • They did it.

  • And then they lost-- you know, you lost a son.

  • They lost their brother a couple of years ago suddenly.

  • You know, I mean, that's a lot to go through.

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  • Hi, I'm Andy.

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