She thought her artistic abilities were forever taken away, then she found a new path.
In 2007 Un Joo Kang was in college and working as a makeup artist when a drunken driver crashed into her, crushing the lower half of her body.
But five years later, at Orange Coast College she found Extended Opportunities, Programs and Services (EOPS), which provided her with the help she needed to go in a new direction: architecture.
"I'm going to cry, but it's one of those things where I couldn't do that before and I can do that now," said Kang, a mother of two. "I shouldn't be walking, let alone be alive. People take so much for granted. I just don't anymore."
EOPS, a state-funded program, assists academic and socioeconomically disadvantaged students with academic counseling, priority registration and textbooks, among other services, said Vida Shajie, an EOPS coordinator and counselor.