Monday, December 29, 2014
There's No Place Like A Dorm Room For The Holidays. From Georgia Public Broadcasting.
"I have no for-certain home, that's the thing," says Trudy Greer, a 22-year-old sophomore at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. She says she's had a lot of folks at EMU ask her where she lives, curious to know where her home is.
"I just say, 'This is my home.' Like, wherever I am, that is where my home is," Greer says. "Home is where the heart is, and right now my heart is at EMU."
Greer hasn't lived with her parents in years; she's been in and out of foster care. She says she always feels like she has to hustle for everything clothes, food, money and the holidays are a stark reminder of just how alone she often feels.
"Last break, like last year, I was at my old foster home, and I stayed there and it's always welcoming, but it's never like 'my home,' " Greer says.
Holiday break is something students look forward to, a time to enjoy the holidays and be joyful ... right?
"Yeah, it's supposed to be," Greer says, "but I haven't had a joyful Christmas in years."