Rising Stars Spotlight: Khayla Lloyd

Khayla Lloyd is a 2019 graduate from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in marketing as well as a 2021 graduate from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science Administration. Currently, Khayla is a Academic Counselor with Auburn University Athletics. In this position, Khayla oversees the academic progress for swim & dive as well as the equestrian team.

Prior to her time with Auburn University, Khayla was both an assistant academic counselor with the University of Louisville Lacrosse team as well as a graduate assistant with Academic Services & Student Athlete Development. In addition to Women Leaders in College Sports, Khayla is a member of the National Association of Academic and Student Athlete Development Professionals as well as the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

What is your favorite part of your position? 
It comes down to impact and being able to connect with student athletes and change the structure of their lives. I always say “ we have the power to change a student athletes family tree” and I really enjoy that. 

How do you build authentic relationships? 
I like to recognize where the students come from. Everyone has their unique backgrounds. I never just want to focus on their sport; I want to know about the person, where they are from and  what they like to do. 

How has the transition from working remote to in person been for you? 

It was a struggle to be working from home and to find motivation. I really am excited to be around the student athletes again! Finding structure and routines has helped me immensely though this process. 

What advice do you have for Rising Stars working remotely? 
Create a functional space where you are going to be working from home all day.  It is important to find a work life balance from home because it is all the same space.  

What has this pandemic taught you? 
I have learned the importance of vocalizing ones mental health. Be vocal about it and ask for help. COVID taught me how to advocate for myself when I need the help and assistance of others. 

What is your biggest advice to Rising Stars?
Tell yourself I am here because I am good enough, I am here because I can do the best. Everyday tell yourself you can do this!


Podcast: Start HER Five

Book: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Form of Self Care: Meditating

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