ATHENS, GA — Many people see janitors around campus and never think twice about what they do before or after their shifts: Case in point being Daniel Klingler, a janitor at the University of Georgia (UGA), according to Red and Black.
According to the story, what most don''t know is that Klingler works a 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift as a janitor and then wakes up to attend class at 8 a.m.
Klingler, the only member of the UGA custodial staff to work full-time and also attend classes, has his mind set on becoming an engineer, a life-long aspiration he saw as attainable while working as a janitor at Athens Technical College, the story stated.
Klingler said: "I want to gain a valuable set of tools. And it''s going to take me to a better place. When I worked in Park Hall, every office I went into there would be someone who offered several books. They gave me textbooks, mostly classic Greek and Latin, and they basically encouraged me up until I registered for classes. In the beginning of the semester, I was telling myself ''I''m not going to make it.'' In class, the age gap kind of bothered me at first, but I''m adjusting. I realized that I have to just stick in there, and my body will do what it needs to do."
It wasn''t until Klingler began working at UGA, however, that he enrolled in classes to help him reach his ultimate goal, something he says would have been impossible if it was not for the support and encouragement he received from others, the story noted.
Though he wants to chase his engineering dream, Klingler, when asked what his next step will be, casually answered, "I want to stay here. I really like this place," the story added.
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