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Born in Haiti and raised in inner-city Boston, Alex assumed that getting into college was going to be the most difficult part of her journey. She was wrong. The challenges she experienced as a first-generation college student led to her lifelong commitment to smooth the path for other students, culminating in the founding of her national nonprofit Beyond 12.