Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Graduate Reflects on His Remington College Experience David Ladner's story is one of strength, perseverance, and reinvention. In 2005, an injury on the job caused David to need a complete hip replacement and back surgery. "The doctors told me I would never be able to work again in my field of welding, which was the only job I was trained for. At the time, I felt my life was over. I became depressed and couldn't see a future for myself and my family." One particular day, David decided to talk to a Remington College admissions representative at our Mobile, Alabama College Campus. "The rep helped me see that there were other options for my future, and I enrolled in the Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Program." Choosing a new path was something that David had thought about before but never believed was attainable - that is, until he completed his program and graduated with honors, on October 8, 2010. "Remington College encouraged me and was always there to help me. I not only graduated, but with a 4.0 grade point average, which made me see beyond today and that being disabled was not my only option." What has changed for David because of his success in school? "Now, I can wake up each day knowing that I did not give up when things seemed impossible. I have gained new respect for myself and from my family. My children have seen their dad overcome odds that most people just accept; they now know anything is possible if you try, even when you do not want to. Finally, we can start picking up the pieces of our life that were lost," said David. What has David learned from his Remington College experience? "We all have choices. We can choose to let obstacles in life stop us from success, or we can seek help that is available and find another path around or over the hand that life sometimes deals us. We can choose whether our glass is half empty or half full. Thank you, Remington, for helping me realize mine was half full," noted David. David is currently still on disability while he continues to recover from his workplace accident, but he plans to work with the Mobile Campus's Career Services Department to pursue employment in his new career field in the near future. We wish David Ladner and his family all the best as David works to get well and move toward a new beginning in the field of computer-aided design and drafting.