As a young girl who spent most of her teen years in the foster-care system, Lakievia realized quickly that education was her key to achieving independence and success. Despite the many challenges and changes she faced along her journey, she stayed focused on her school studies with the goal of “some day” attending college.
After graduating from high school, Lakievia began working as a customer service representative for a global telecommunications company and attending classes at a traditional 4-year college. During that time, she also became a mother to two “beautiful” daughters, Jada and Lauryn, which led her to make the switch to an online college, Western Governors University, where she earned a B.S. in marketing management and a master’s in business administration.
Obtaining her degrees from an online college still required a great deal of dedication, commitment, and time management. The flexible and asynchronous schedule afforded Lakievia the opportunity to better support her daughters financially and emotionally. This was particiarly important to Lakievia because she vowed to always be there for her children, “no matter what.” As a result, Lakievia says her daughters have had the privilege of witnessing first-hand how to navigate successfully life’s challenges, no matter the obstacles.
Today, Lakievia helps others overcome obstacles through her work as a ReUp Success Coach. After working as an academic advisor for Brenau University through Helix Education and supporting organizations that promoted the improvement of child welfare in the State of Georgia, Lakievia joined ReUp because she remains passionate about changing lives through education. Moreover, helping others realize their educational goals--regardless of their upbringing and/or socioeconomic status--is one of her greatest joys in life.