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Undergraduate Research Award Bolsters Blanco's USD Experience

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Inside USD -- Alexander Blanco arrived at the University of San Diego a few years ago as a living dichotomy.

He came to San Diego via Washington to do what was right as a son. At the behest of his brother, he came south to help provide long-term care for their ailing father. All the while, Alex was married to his high school sweetheart who was in her final year of PhD classes at Washington State University and with whom he has three children.

Somehow, for a year, the couple made the separation work. Alex applied, received scholarships and got into USD as a transfer student. He went back to Washington a few times to spend time with his own family — “I made it to sporting events and birthdays,” he said — but he knew this couldn’t continue.

The day after USD’s final exams ended last May, he went back to Washington to help his wife move the family to San Diego. His wife now teaches at San Diego Mesa Community College while finishing up her dissertation. Their children, ages 17, 13 and 9, are in school, the oldest now looking at colleges. Alex, 36, a combat veteran who served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a junior marine science major and Spanish minor who is expected to graduate in 2016. (Full Article)

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