Providence –– Noun by noun and verb by verb, Dominican immigrant Andrés Flores conquered the language of his new world in two years at middle school. He absorbed American culture, even as his family settled in Hispanic areas of the city. Spanish and lentejas (lentils) at home. English and fast food on the outside.
Flores said, “At home we had family duties,” and studies. But here, he said, “the kids acted free and more independent at a younger age. It was something to get used to.”
His was a fast trajectory.
Nine years later, Flores is a junior at Providence College, largely on academic scholarship, filled with ambition and shouldering his family’s future.