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Why Not Try the Place With the Palm Trees?


“My mind started racing with … Wow, this just opened a thousand more doors than I thought.”

Maija CruzStanford University

Maija Cruz trained to become an Olympic figure skater until she was 15 and a car accident left her aunt a quadriplegic. Ms. Cruz stopped training—and, eventually, home schooling—to work and care for her family. But at 19 she enrolled in adult high school at Milwaukee Area Technical College, eventually earning a diploma and an associate degree. Now 27, she will graduate in June from Stanford University.

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Photo: Waddie Crazyhorse  Music: Theme by John Gravois

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