LSUA graduate defies odds earning diploma

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Fayla Brown after receiving her diploma at the LSUA drive-thru commencement

“We grew up in poverty. At times it was so bad I can remember eating at our local soup kitchen with homeless people sitting beside me,” said Louisiana State University of Alexandria Fall 2020 graduate, Fayla Brown.

Brown, a Marksville native, had a tumultuous childhood. From dealing with her parent’s divorce, being separated from her siblings, growing up in poverty, and getting in trouble with the law, Fayla ultimately dropped out of high school at the age of 16.

“I felt like I had already failed and was too far gone,” she said. “I had so many negative influences and dropping out seemed to become my only option.”

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