Hackett at Harvard: From Gumlog to Ivy League

It takes patience to climb a mountain. If you have any doubts, just ask Gary Hackett III. The native of Swainsboro, GA, son of Ms.LaFonda Taylor-Hackett and Rev. Gary Hackett, has had quite the tumultuous journey thus far with many steps along the way.

He spent most of his childhood in the Swainsboro community before moving to Orlando, where he continued to excel academically and athletically as a member of the National Honor Society and varsity basketball team at Lyman High School.

Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to Kansas State University, where he went on to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Theatre. However, this is where the real patience was needed. "The transition from college to the professional world may be the hardest obstacle in most people's lives. Most people just don't really know what they want to do and feel unfilled.", says Hackett. Though boxes can go unfilled, Hackett says he has never really been one to believe in living in a box.

This led to him working in a bevy of fields, mostly notably as a private chef in Austin, TX until he was forced to look at other avenues during the height of the pandemic. This is where he fell in love with tech. "I am a learner at the end of the day" Hackett states. If you put your mind to it, you can learn anything." Though not an easy path, the patience needed for this new endeavor has taken him to new heights.

Currently, Hackett is working as the new Applications Analyst for Harvard Law School with plans to begin his master's degree in Data Science from Harvard University next spring. While continuing on his journey to the pinnacle of his success, he is very stout that he couldn't have made it this far without the lessons learned from his hometown community.

Mr. Hackett says that all he ever wanted to do was make his parents proud and to show the younger generation that there are other ways to be successful. Hopefully his actions can continue showing this generation just that. "Every journey begins with a single step, don't be afraid to take yours to reach your mountaintop" says Hackett.

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