When Alondra Palomino was a kid, she wanted so badly to go to college. But she just didn’t know if it was possible.
"I have a somewhat complex family dynamic," Palomino explains in an email. She grew up in Colorado, raised by her godparents — first in Denver, where she lived in a neighborhood that spoke only Spanish, and then in Thornton.
"Thornton was a huge culture shock to me. I began to realize what it truly meant to be considered a minority," she writes.