For many, going away to college is the first step to adulthood and independence. For 22-year-old Renee Cooper, leaving for college was anything but that. It was actually one of the hardest decisions she has ever made. Renee was stuck between staying at home to look after her siblings or going away to college and breaking the cycle that was started by her parents. Listen to Renee’s journey and understand why she decided to go away to SUNY New Paltz, and how it drastically changed her life.
By Drewnesha Thompson