Students at Waldorf College learned an important lesson Wednesday evening: you can achieve anything if you have the courage and determination to pursue it.
|Adam Shepard reads out an excerpt |
from his book, Scratch Beginnings
Students were inspired after intently listening to Adam Shepard, the author of Scratch Beginnings, who spoke about his experiences of moving to a new city and starting a life in a homeless shelter with just $25 in his pocket. The book spans across the time Shepard spent in Charleston, SC. and successfully achieved his goal: to have a furnished apartment, a car, and $2,500 in savings within a year.
The book is a rebuttal to Nickel and Dimed, written by Barbara Ehrenreich, with the aim to prove that the American dream is not dead.
On Wednesday evening, Shepard engaged the students by talking about different situations he encountered while living in Charleston, which included winning a date on a radio contest.
His book is being read by all freshmen attending Waldorf.
“Such common reading books can engage students in discussions, as some people love it, and some people don’t,” said Shepard.
He wants students to think and get involved in discussions about the book. He also wants people to be inspired to chase their American dream.
For Shepard, the American dream is “the ability to wake up and work hard to pursue my passion,” he said. “Times are tough, but you can still go after it.”
Sophomore Kelsey Munson was deeply inspired by Shepard’s determination and his will to go after his dream. “It made me realize you can do anything if you put your mind to it,” said the elementary special education major.