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Reaching her senior year was not predestined for Ashley Perez, and even acceptance to college was stymied by her struggles with mathematics. So how did this mathematics-phobe excel in her least favorite subject, and set her sights on graduate school and beyond?
In high school, Perez thought that an ROTC program would be her ticket to the future. "Plan A was to go to the Army. Then I got into FIU and the Golden Scholars," says Perez. Golden Scholars is an outreach program that recruits local students with high potential but financial or other obstacles to achievement. It provides a pre-college summer residency and ongoing academic support.
During the past three years, Perez has catapulted from barely college material to well...