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For all you whiny losers out there who wanna complain about how unfair the system is instead of doing something to get your ass in gear, here’s the feel good story of the day for you:
WHDH: Michael Vaudreuil hopes anyone who hits rock bottom hears his story. “You go through life and you say, ‘someday I’m going do this. I’m going do that,’ and very often in life you’re hit with a curveball that kind of throws you off track.”
It was the recession that threw Vaudreuil off track. “It left our heads spinning. It happened so fast.”
In 2007, his plastering business went under. Within six months, so did everything else. “We lost our home, bankruptcy, and our personal vehicle… decimation was completed. I was just a shell of a person at that time.”
He took the only job he could find, a custodian at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. To cut the boredom, he signed up for a tuition-free class WPI offers employees. That brought him to a new world, and the lab where he designed his own prototype of a reusable dust fuel cartridge. After eight years of classes all day and cleaning all night, Vaudreuil now emerges a mechanical engineer. He graduates Saturday, May 14th, with a class of students less than half his age. “It’s a lot. It’s a lot to comprehend,” says his wife, Joyce.
He not only gets a diploma, but hopes for a new job, and a life the Vaudreuils dreamed might happen someday. “Very few times do you ever get to experience a real ‘someday,’” says Vaudreuil. “And so it feels like, welcome to my ‘someday.’”
— WPI Commencement (@WPICommencement) May 14, 2016
God bless Michael Vaudreuil. The man is Worcester’s version of Good Will Hunting. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a winner looks like. In our last blog we saw whiny parents complaining about how life wasn’t fair. And it’s not. It sucks this guy lost his home during the Great Recession. But instead of occupying Wall Street or blaming Big Oil or whoever else for the fact that his business failed, Mike Vaudreuil hiked up his bootstraps and did something about it. He took a job that he probably felt was beneath him. He took advantage of a great opportunity to take classes in his limited free time for free. And now he’s got a degree from a GREAT school, and he’s inventing things and he’ll probably be better off than he was before the recession hit.
I remember back during the Presidential elections in 2008 and 2012 this was a hot topic. People were losing their jobs, businesses, and homes. Politicians capitalized on it by blaming everything on banks and rich people for rigging the system. People like Liz Warren pointed the fingers at JP Morgan instead of her $400,000 salary for doing nothing. But the beauty of the American system is that anything is possible if you play your cards right. And this guy just proved it.
Meanwhile we have kids all over college campuses whining about the price of their private liberal arts college as they pursue their degree in Gender Studies. But these buttnuts would NEVER do what this guy did because they think being a janitor is beneath them. They shouldn’t have to work their way through college. Things should be handed to them. College should be free.
This guy is the American dream, and I assume he reads Turtleboy Sports because he is a winner. Winners only at Turtleboy Sports.
P.S. This is why WPI is my favorite college in Worcester. While Worcester State and Clark are hiring losers like Sonya Conner who are brainwashing the next generation of whiners, WPI is hiring guys like this who will change the world.
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