“Education was the only way for me to help my family”

HECHINGERREPORT | My name is Dominique Newton and I am a freshman at Xavier University of Louisiana. I started high school not knowing what I wanted to do with my future, but I was sure of one thing. I knew I was going to go to college, no matter what.After leaving New Orleans due to (Hurricane) Katrina, my mom took my five siblings and me to Shreveport, Louisiana, where we suffered a great deal. For eight years, my family and I went through a lot of hardships. I failed seventh grade because I missed too many days of schools due to being homeless. I didn’t let this get me down though. Once I turned 16, I contacted my father who lived in New Orleans. My struggle didn’t cease. I soon discovered my dad was a dialysis patient who couldn’t work. Education was the only way for me to help my family.