Determination is required to achieve your dreams, but sometimes, this alone is not enough to reach the goal, as one may need help from others. A Texas mother who had just achieved her dream of graduating from law school can definitely relate to this.
For Ieshia Champs, of Houston, the challenging path to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer was by no means a walk in the park. She was placed in foster care when she was young and dropped out of high school before having her first child at the age of 19.
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In 2009, things became more challenging for Champs, becoming pregnant with her fourth child. To make matters more difficult, she lost all her belongings to a fire, lost her job, and lost her children’s father to cancer.
She tried committing suicide, but fortunately, a phone call from her pastor turned things around.
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“Pastor Louise Holman called me one day and said that God told her to tell me to go back to school and get my GED, because that lawyer I wanted to be, I’ll be it!” Champs, 33, told CBS News.
“I thought it was a little crazy because I was too old and I had three children with my fourth child on the way.”
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Still, it was hard for Champs as she struggled to study while being a single mom.
Fortunately, she had help from family and friends, especially her children, who helped her study.
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“They would help me review with flash cards while I cooked,” she recalled.
“They would sit as a mock jury while I taught them what I learned that day.”
Her oldest son, David, also lightened her burden by taking care of his siblings.
“I couldn’t have gone back to school without their help—they inspired me not to give up,” Champs told PEOPLE.
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With all the help she got, Champs graduated from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May, and celebrated the occasion with a photo shoot with her five children.
“Each one of them played a major role in law school with me,” Champs told ABC News. “We’re all graduating from law school.”
She is extremely thankful to have all of their support.
“My children mean the absolute world to me. … There have been so many times that I wanted to quit law school—I probably quit 10 times in my head already.
“They helped me because at the end of the day, I wasn’t the only one who had to sacrifice, my children had to sacrifice,” she said. “We did it collectively as a group. … They were my motivation to keep pressing, keep going.”
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“When I look at the pictures, I cry, I smile, and I’m very grateful,” Champs said.
“I see a woman who at one time knew that the odds were against her. Looking at that picture reminds me of the fact that I didn’t just defy the odds, me and my children destroyed them.”