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Points of Departure: A Will, and a Way

Justin Breton


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Watch the video above to hear how an eBay auction helped Justin Breton (CGS’08, COM’10) show his parents that he was serious about attending BU. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

Justin Breton (CGS’08, COM’10) remembers the excitement of being accepted to Boston University. He also recalls the doubt, after looking at his financial aid package, that he could afford it. The inventive public relations major ultimately prevailed, with help from eBay, where he sold opportunities to invest in his future. In two weeks, he raised $2,000.

“Four years later, here I am graduating,” says Breton. “And hopefully all the people who helped me can say that this is a really great investment for them.”

Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.


9 Comments on Points of Departure: A Will, and a Way

  • Hides on 05.13.2010 at 9:07 am

    Justin, you have done SO much here and it has been a great pleasure watching you grow. Best of luck my friend. I will miss you…

  • Anonymous on 05.13.2010 at 9:27 am

    Thanking Your Investors

    If you still have ways to contact your investors, how about sending them a link to this story. I’m sure it’ll be a highlight of their day!

    Good luck!

  • Deborah Federico on 05.13.2010 at 11:36 am

    Way to go!

    Justin, It was a pleasure to get to know you in SM411! I’m sure you will go far with your positive, determined attitude and ingenuity. Let me know if you need anything. Best of luck to you!

  • Anonymous on 05.13.2010 at 11:38 am

    proud parent!!

    When you really want something you can make it happen!!! Justin we are so very proud of you!!Mom and Dad

  • Bonnie on 05.13.2010 at 4:24 pm


    Justin, congratulations on all that you have accomplished in the last four years. It’s certainly no wonder to me why your parents and family are all so proud of you. For me, I ask once again, where as the time gone? Congratulations once again! Love, Bonnie

  • Justin's photographer on 05.13.2010 at 8:16 pm

    Investing $50 in you four years ago was the best investment I have ever made. BU and Boston won’t be the same without you, but I will expect to hear great things from your subsequent adventures. All the best, my friend!

  • June & Dan L'Heureux on 05.14.2010 at 7:15 am


    Justin, Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. Have a wonderful graduation day with your family.

  • Mallory on 05.14.2010 at 10:43 am

    Thanks for visiting me! :)

  • Monica M. on 05.17.2010 at 4:46 pm


    That’s an amazing story, Justin! I admire how determined you always are. Best of luck in life after BU! :)

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