Every parent wants to see their child succeed. They have big hopes and dreams for their children, and it’s always a proud moment when they see them head off to college to make something of themselves.
It can also be deeply disappointing for parents when their kids don’t apply themselves and fall short of their potential.
But when one college dropout realized how much he let down his mother and father, it inspired him to try again—culminating in an amazing surprise.
Hanss Mujica, a 24-year-old from Mission, Texas, recently shared his story online, which started with him struggling to find motivation in college.
Mujica admits that he wasn’t the most dedicated student, to begin with, but really felt the impact when he ended up with a 1.47 GPA from his university.
“I wasn’t as applied and I wasn’t as dedicated to my studies,” Mujica told KENS5. “I ended up being suspended from the university.”
But the worst part was breaking the news to his parents.
Mujica’s mother and father weren’t even angry, just disappointed—which was all the more heartbreaking.
“When my parents found out that I had been suspended, the look on their faces completely broke my heart,” he told Love What Matters. “Their face was filled with utter disappointment and sadness.”
His parents were especially hurt because Mujica was supposed to be the first person in his family to graduate college—an honor that might’ve gone to his older brother Eduardo, who tragically died in a car accident in 2011.
From then on, Mujica finally found the inspiration to make his parents proud.
“From that moment on, I told myself that I would never do anything to see that look in their face. I would never do anything to ever disappoint them again.”
Mujica returned to school, more motivated than ever, but since he was suspended he lost his financial aid and had to pay out-of-pocket.
Still, he found a way. He got emergency loans from the university and worked for a scaffolding company one summer to pay them back.
“It not the best idea to work in scaffolding when you are afraid of heights,” he said. “But it is something I had to do get the money I needed.”
He also saved money by staying with friends rent-free. Finally, in Spring 2017 he once again received financial aid and took classes every semester after.
And recently, he called on his family to help with a very special project.
This May, he invited his family to campus to participate in a photo-shoot for a class project.
Little did they know, this “photo-shoot” was something else entirely.
Because as they posed for photos, Mujica was in the background—in a cap and gown, holding a sign with a surprise message:
“They have no idea I’m graduating.”
Mujica really was graduating … and kept it a secret from his family!
He had always wanted to give his parents a surprise graduation announcement, even before his academic troubles delayed his plans.
And, as he was set to receive his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley this May, he finally put his plan into action.
“My parents never knew when I was going to graduate,” he said. “I always told them soon, but never when.”
His parents were stunned and moved to tears—the long-in-the-works surprise was made all the more poignant by the fact that he was driven to make his parents proud of him again.
“I felt like I needed to do something to give them that happiness back, to give them that smile back,” Mujica told KENS5. “Because they’ve always been there for us.”
He handed his parents an envelope with two tickets to the graduation ceremony.
“I spent six years in an out of the university but seeing the reactions on their faces was worth every sleepless night. It was such a wonderful feeling seeing their reaction.”
It was a long and often difficult road, but Mujica worked hard and made his parents proud—and gave them the surprise of a lifetime in the process.
“They’ve always said that the greatest gift you can ever gift your parents, is the gift of education,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’ve planned for this moment for so long and it finally came.”
Watch the video below:
Posted by Hanss Mujica on Tuesday, May 15, 2018