Katie Couric

Lucky Stars

My name's Brennan. I used to work in advertising sales for PacificSD and loved it, but I left about two years ago, when UC

Berkeley admissions offered me a free ride to finish school. I had been a student at San Diego City College nearly a decade earlier, but dropped out when my girlfriend and I had a baby during freshman year.

In 2012, I was a struggling single father. I worked and went to school full-time, trying to provide a better life for my son and myself. I applied to the impossible-to-get-into Berkeley, because I thought getting their rejection letter would be cool.

The impossible happened: I got accepted. Then, reality set in, and I realized that...