In 2018, Young was an Uber driver, a hair stylist and a mother of three. She told one of her passengers in Atlanta her story and how she couldn’t re-enroll at Georgia State University because of a $700 balance she owed.
It seemed like a typical ride, but she later learned it was life-changing.
That’s because her passenger, Kevin Esch, ended up paying her outstanding balance at Georgia State, and the school told her she could register for classes again.
Esch said Young resonated with him, moving him to help her out.
“It’s the best feeling in the world. It’s a feeling I really can’t explain. I never thought I’d be where I am today,” Young told WSB. “I pray to God that I get a good job opportunity that pays well so I can pay my loans and take care of my child.”
Esch told the affiliate he’s proud of Young.
“She’s done an amazing job to make it this far. Through the pandemic, through virtual schooling, through everything. It’s amazing,” he said.