Around the nation, only a fraction of students at elite public residential schools come from low-income or minority backgrounds. Dinora Flores is one of them. Now a senior, Flores discusses what it’s been like for her to adjust—and eventually thrive—at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.
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