12/22/2012 10:03 pm ET Updated Feb 21, 2013

For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall

Angelica Gonzales marched through high school in Goth armor -- black boots, chains and cargo pants -- but undermined her pose of alienation with a place on the honor roll. She nicknamed herself after a metal band and vowed to become the first in her family to earn a college degree.

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