When Denis Benitez was growing up, the idea of receiving a college degree was always an afterthought.
“When I was younger, I didn’t think about it as much, didn’t see it as something that I wanted,” said Benitez, a Laurel resident.
Coming from a family of El Salvadoran immigrants, Benitez 18, realized that by attending college, not only would he be the first person in his family to do so, he would be building upon his parents’ American dream.
“The thought of college kept lingering in the back of my head. I had to be the one to go, maybe the first of my family and break that curse of not getting any further education,” Benitez said.
In June, Benitez graduated from...