Former homeless veteran, mom of 6 set to become first-generation college graduate – well done, LaKendra

A former homeless veteran is breaking down barriers after doing enough to become a first-generation graduate from UA-Little Rock.

As per reports, LaKendra Mackey is a mother to no less than six children, so one can imagine that her day-to-day life is pretty hectic as is.

That hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her dreams, however, and Mackey says that she’s doing it so she can inspire her kids.

“I want my kids to know that it doesn’t matter what stage you are in life, you can complete anything you put your mind to,” she said.

Mackey’s life hit rock bottom when she was facing homelessness and a variety of other obstacles. Yet she was helped when she needed it most, and now wants to repay the faith shown in her.

“I found myself in having obstacles that I couldn’t overcome and even though I had family and friends that were there for me, I wasn’t able to see it in myself,” Mackey explained.

“I had social workers that basically were able to shine a light on me and tell me I can do this.”

Indeed, Mackey’s self belief improved, and she’s now graduating from UA-Little Rock this year as one of the 41 percent of students who is a first-generation student.

She’s doing her best to promote the first-gen campaign so that other people like her will know they’re not alone, and that anything is possible if they continue to pursue their dreams.

Mackey is hoping the campaign will help students know they are not alone and that their dreams are within reach.

She said: “I hope that it uplifts people that need to embrace themselves and that want to go to college but are nervous or think they are too old.

“I thought I was too old but here I am making A’s on the chancellors list and anyone can do it.”

Stories like this simply uplift and inspire me – I hope they do the same for you.

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