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BBefore actor John Boyega was the face of the newest star wars film, he was the face of college-bound teenagers in file photos for Getty Images.

London-based photographer Chris Schmidt, who took the photos, posted a link to one on Facebook last week and marveled at how far his former model has come.

Another image from the collection appears in an ad for career services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, according to an image uploaded Thursday to photo-sharing site Imgur by a user who claims to be attending the school. (As one Redditor joked, “That ad is right up there, it’s of the utmost importance. You might even say the first order,» in reference to Boyega’s group Force awakens character flaws to join the Resistance.)

On Twitter, the actor spoke to the news, reported by Mashable and The Huffington Post, and said he spent the money he earned from filming on a new pair of sneakers:

Here are images featuring Boyega from the “further education” collection:

A group of 5 school friends in their late teens in a line with bright smiles and eye contact for the camera.

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