Life‘s hardships bring about growth. That’s Antonio Davis’s motto. He’s a sophomore at Chattahoochee Valley Community College studying welding.
“I was homeless,” he said as he reflected on that time. “Me and my mom were struggling to find a place to stay. God placed me right here in this welding program. I didn’t have any money, so it was very important for me to be able to get the scholarship.”
Despite adversities that would cause most to dispel their dream of success, Davis is on an academic scholarship at CVCC and maintains a 4.0 GPA. In addition, through the welding program, he’s been able to take advantage of an apprenticeship opportunity where he “earns while he learns.”
“Now, I’m in an internship at Ashley Steel company,” he said with excitement in his eyes. “It’s a game changer for me and my mom. I’m helping her out and getting a lot of experience in welding. I’m basically able to take the knowledge that I got from CVCC and apply it.”
Davis understands that welding is a high demand occupation and looks forward to one day owning his own welding company. When asked what keeps him motivated, he referenced his faith.
“What really motivates me to stay positive in life and go through all the trials and tribulations is God. He gave me peace that passes all understanding. He gave me courage to continue to keep pushing. At the end of the day, we’re all going to go through a lot in life. It’s all in how you handle it.”
Davis has handled adversity with hard work, determination, and a humble heart. He hopes that sharing his story with others will make a difference.
“For me, having this testimony, will inspire others and hopefully let them know that whatever you’re going through, God is able. He’s able to do abundantly and exceedingly in your life if you just trust Him and have faith. And, that’s exactly what I have learned to do.”