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USC student, Greenville native amazes in skydiving video after paralyzed by 2013 shooting

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University of South Carolina student Martha Childress is continuing to amaze others after she posted a video of her recent skydiving adventures on Facebook.

Although Childress, 20, says she's starting to feel like a normal college student again, her outlook, wisdom, and positive attitude set her clear apart from others.

Childress, a Greenville native, was waiting for a taxi in Columbia's Five Points neighborhood in October of 2013 when she was tragically struck by a bullet that was not intended for her. Childress was paralyzed from the waist down. 

Nothing seems to scare the sophomore student. Childress posted a video of her skydiving with her brother on Facebook last week. They jumped with members of the Golden Knights, the US Army Parachute Team. 

"It's something that has been on my bucket list for a long time. My little brother, Workman, and I had been planning on going together once he turned 18," said Childress, "When we got the opportunity to go last week, we were super excited!"

Childress' fearlessness conquers in the classroom as well. She will return to school in August where she is double majoring in Marketing and Management. She's set to graduate in Dec. 2017.

Childress is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and like any student, she says college is much more difficult than she originally expected.

After she underwent rehabilitation, Childress was nervous about returning back to the University of South Carolina's campus.

"I wasn't sure what to expect and I was worried people would always look at me as the girl who got shot.I dealt with some stares and people coming up to me at first," said Childress, "But thankfully things are pretty normal now and I feel like a regular college student."

Her Facebook page is piled high with smiling images of her with friends and family, with words of encouragement and praise around every click. 

Childress says she was always fairly mature before the shooting. While most would have a negative outlook, Childress sees blessings in the midst of what most would see as an unimaginable tragedy.

"It definitely forced me to grow up faster than my friends. Something like that really makes you reevaluate your life and how you live it," said Childress.

She continues to inspire and motivate those around her, providing wisdom where most 20-year-olds lack. 

"I've become a little more patient with myself and others, and understanding all types of people and their situations," said Childress.

Martha might get her fearless and courageous attitude from her parents.

"I think they were a little nervous about us sky diving, like most parents would be, but they trust us to make our own decisions. They knew we were going with well-trained people and we were safe," said Childress.

Her positive and thankful attitude didn't stop short as she dropped fearlessly from the sky.

"I forgot how nervous I was beforehand and was just so mesmerized by the landscape below me," said Childress, "It is so beautiful to look at the world from that view."

Childress said she has a hectic schedule the next few weeks but is excited to return to Columbia and continue her life as a normal college student, with an impact anything but typical. 

Video source: Martha Childress and Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, NC

Mobile viewers click here to watch. 

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