Graduating from law school is an impressive achievement for anyone, but it’s a little more for Ieshia Champs. The 33-year-old single mother of five has overcome quite a few challenges, like losing her partner to cancer and losing her worldly possessions to a fire, to become part of class of 2018 at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
She dropped out of High School after getting pregnant. Then had another baby with another guy. She started trying to turn her life around and fell in love with a good man. Sadly he died from cancer while she was seven months pregnant with their third child, her fifth. Champs admitted that she tried to take her own life, but going to church got her back on track. She not only received her GED, but she also earned an associate's degree from Houston Community College. Now she has a law degree!
Champs recently posted a graduation photo of her with her five kids, she’s wearing her cap and gown and holds a sign which reads: “I did it.” And all of her children are holding signs too, with messages like: “I helped!” and “We did it!”
The photo has gone viral because it’s a reminder that anything is possible. Champs says her oldest son, who is 14, has been the biggest help by taking care of his younger siblings. Thanks to their support, mom is on her way to being a lawyer.