Created: 05/18/2014 10:50 PM KAALtv.com
By: Hannah Tran
(ABC 6 News) -- Six years ago a local Bricelyn teen got shot in the eye on accident and doctors didn't expect him to speak normally again.
It was a summer's day in July 2008 when 15-year-old Collin Jacobson suffered a .38-caliber gunshot wound to his left eye.
Doctors gave his parents grim news at first and said it's likely that he won't talk normally again.
But this week he graduated from Riverland Community College for car collision repair.
In a scrapbook that captured the ups and downs of his recovery, there's a piece of paper containing his first attempts to write again. It looks a little like chicken scratch, but eventually, the word "why" becomes distinguishable. He was still disoriented at the hospital when he wrote this and confused as to what happened.
"It was like you had to start all over again, kinda like you were back in kindergarten or first grade," said Jacobson.
Which he did, he even writes his own speeches now to share his stories from community to community.
"He persevered, very determined, so we're really proud of him," said Collin's mother, Kim.
His parents Kim and Steve felt the heartbreak that any parent would experience when everyday people gave him unusual looks and stares.
"That's why he's got the tattoo, don't judge a book by its cover," she said.
That's not the only reminder etched into his skin. College was hardly ever a breeze and confidence ran thin from time to time.
"Sometimes I ask why I'm going to college and then I'll take a look at my arm and it says hope," said Jacobson.
The Jacobson family resides in a rural area within the small community of Bricelyn.
Throughout the years, hundreds have stepped forward to show support for Collin through his page called the CaringBridge.