Hello, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Khaila (Ky-la) Williams, and I graduated from Clemson University in 2018 with a B.A. in English, a concentration in Writing and Publication Studies, and a minor in Communications.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina on a street called Upper Loop Way, I’ve always been more of an urban girl. From River Springs and Oak Pointe Elementary chorus to Dutch Fork Middle and High Marching Band, Barbizon Modeling School, Millie Lewis Talent Agency, Lexington/Richland District 5 District-wide musicals, and many other extracurricular programs, I grew up indulging in multiple aspects of the arts.
Home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, people often ask why I decided to leave and become a Clemson Tiger. The answer is simple — I wanted to. My paternal family bleeds orange, and there’re multiple Clemson graduates in my family, one being a star football player. My father was also a big inspiration. A college athlete himself, he had the chance to go Clemson to play football, but other things were put into place for him. It was always a dream of my dad’s for one of his children to attend Clemson, and from there, it became a dream of mine. Growing up and continuing on through my undergraduate career, I’d go with him and my uncles to the football games on Saturday afternoons, and we would spend the morning up til the game tailgating and enjoying the family. When I got that acceptance letter in the mail, I—and of course my dad—was EXCITED. A childhood dream had finally come true.
In 2015, I followed in my sister’s footsteps and became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Since joining AKA, I’ve met many people from all walks of life, and I genuinely enjoy learning about the sorority and the rich history that it possesses. It has also given me a platform to advocate for mental health in minority communities.
Since graduating from Clemson, I’ve found refuge in writing in my journal. As I started rereading the material that I wrote, I realized that there’s a lot that I wanted the world to hear. From there, Simply Khai was born, meant to serve as an intimate look at mental health.
As for my mental health journey, I was diagnosed with clinical depression, General Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in 2012…even though my symptoms started long beforehand. It didn’t occur to me that anything was wrong with my brain until life took an extremely rough turn (shameless plug: you can read about this story in my very first blog post). I nor did my parents want to accept the fact that I have a mental disorder, let alone 3!
Since then, I’ve made a pact to myself to decrease stigma in my communities by raising awareness and bringing a sense of relatability to these hard conversations.
With all of this being said, i present to you, my Story. Thanks so much for stopping by. Stay as long as you want, and again, welcome.
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