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Canning Chooses College, Gets $56,000 Scholarship

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Lincoln Park, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Rachel Canning made headlines when she decided to sue her parents and leave the family’s Lincoln Park home because she didn’t like their rules. Weeks later she dropped the lawsuit and her parents welcomed her back with open arms.

Now Canning is making news again, this time however, it’s all about her higher education. Canning posted on her Facebook and Twitter pages that she is going to be attending Western New England University in Massachusetts as a biomedical engineering major. The high school senior also announced that she got a $56,000 scholarship from the school.

Her social media post read: "Decision made! WNE U class of 2018 with a 56,000 scholarship.”

Professor of Psychology at Drexel University, Dr. Chuck Williams, chimed in to discuss the scholarship and whether or not this paints a broader picture that there have been no consequences or repercussions for Canning’s actions over the last couple months.

“She did receive consequences on social media, I mean she was berated she got a brow beating so to speak. A lot of folks, old and those who are younger, chimed in said this is crazy why would you sue your parents you have a good home, a good family, you’re going to a good school, life is great, we’re confused because you are,” he explained.

Dr. Williams is no stranger to working with teens and young adults and he said that the type of defiant behavior Canning demonstrated is representative of a segment of that generation.

“Entitled, lack of respect for adults, don’t really care about other people’s feelings, a market lack of empathy, out-for-self, sort of chasing what they want and who really cares about anything else including consequences, and when you try to introduce consequences they’re like ‘what, ugh’, they don’t know what’s going on. They’re out of touch with reality,” he explained.

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