With hard work, determination, a little serendipity, and a lot of heart, Wubetu Shimelash made it all the way from a remote region of Ethiopia to a prominent U.S. university. This man who once fashioned sandals out of tires now dons a fedora and impresses everyone with his positive attitude, joyous spirit, and infectious smile. It is a story of true success–both for him personally, and for the community that benefits from his warm presence and talents. “‘Wherever I go, I am not lost,’ Wubetu says. ‘I go with my values. I try to adapt to a new culture without losing my culture.’ His values? Being happy. Being kind. Staying positive. Working hard. And loving. ‘The power of love is limitless,’ he says.” Read on for more.