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Commentary: Community college and a janitorial job got me on track to a doctorate

A lot of students graduating from Los Angeles high schools and hoping to go to college are probably feeling pretty discouraged this year. The college admissions scandal has made it clear that the deck is stacked against them. But I can say from experience that doing it the hard way is not only possible - it's better than simply sailing through life with every obstacle cleared.

I first heard of college when I was 6. My cousin asked if I planned to go. I said "yes," because I looked up to him. That was the last time

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