Michael Hattam, a PhD student in early American history at Yale University. He never graduated high school and only received a GED when he was 17. After spending his 20s doing various jobs such as data entry and being a messenger in New York City, he enrolled at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in the fall of 2007. After two years there, he transferred to the City College of New York, from where he graduated in 2011. Michael was fortunate enough to be offered admission to Yale University's PhD program in History with a living stipend, full tuition remission, and health care for himself and both his boys, 7 and 6.