As a full-time student who balances on-campus involvement, a full-time job, and a well-established business, Jamiah is a natural go-getter. When she was a girl, her mother and grandmother instilled the mindset that she could complete anything she put her mind to. But it was her high school coach who gave her that final push to face her fears and pursue her dreams.
Jamiah first joined College Possible while attending Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Her coach, Ben Dubielak, supported her during her junior and senior years. He helped her prepare for college and was a voice of encouragement.
Ben was an amazing coach who helped a scared kid face her dreams. Before Ben, the world seemed impossible to conquer. With Ben, I gained confidence with my knowledge,” says Jamiah. “College Possible has provided people in my life that I did not know I needed.”
Jamiah’s company, Boss Collections, came to life before she had even finished high school. She wanted to provide women from low-income backgrounds a chance to look beautiful while on a budget, and for the first time she felt if she dreamed hard enough, nothing could stop her. Boss Collections offers affordable, high-quality, and handmade wigs. Says Jamiah, “A dream was born into a company.”
Now, she is a sophomore at UW–Milwaukee studying finance to advance her skills and help her grow as an entrepreneur. Amidst her schoolwork, job, and business, she is also involved with the Xi Chi Chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, where she works within the community to offer students networking and career-building opportunities. During the last school year, she served on the chapter’s executive board as vice president of scholarships and awards. Although she has learned to balance her many responsibilities, she appreciates that when school feels overwhelming, she can call on her current coach, Brendan. Between College Possible and her family, she feels she has a strong support system that keeps her motivated.
“Jamiah was always motivated and savvy enough to succeed in college. With a little support and expertise on how to get there, she unlocked many doors for her future,” says her former high school coach Ben, who is now a program coordinator with College Possible Milwaukee. “Her energy and passion for empowering herself and her community shone through in every interaction.”
Jamiah will earn her degree in the spring of 2024. Looking toward the future, she plans to continue to work hard at school and grow her business. She’s not always certain where her journey will take her, but she knows she is on the path to success and hopes to have fun on the way.
“I am at an age where the world is my oyster,” she says. “I’m going to find new things that interest me. I want to be able to say I did everything I dreamed of.”