Shortly after graduating college in 2006 - with almost literally $25 to his name - Adam Shepard departed his home state for Charleston, SC, embarking on the adventure he chronicled in Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. Shepard has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, Fox News, NPR, the Dave Ramsey Show, and 20/20. He has also done several radio interviews and been featured in the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Post, The Atlantic, and dozens of local newspapers throughout the country. His latest book The Best Four Years: From Orientation to Graduation, Making the Most of Your College Experience (Harper Paperbacks) is lively, entertaining, and insightful guide on how to make the most of your college experience from orientation to graduation. Shepard's age and energy have made him a prime candidate as a keynote speaker at colleges across the country.
The Best Four Years takes on the topic of making the most of your four (or five or six!) years in college. He became interested in the subject after speaking at colleges and universities across the nation and repeatedly fielding questions from students and parents hungry to know how to capitalize on their education. How do you walk away with more than just a piece of paper saying you graduated? What are the pitfalls and the opportunities that you should look out for? How do you make the absolute most of your time in college? Shepard examines and explains the many aspects (and surprises) of college life, including: the transition to life away from home, the ins and outs of a tight budget, the necessity of scheduling, the benefits of cleanliness, the development of an area of expertise, the importance of time off, the subtleties of social life, the threats to your health, the do's and dont's of networking, and much more. He offers motivation and direction to anyone preparing to tackle what could be the best four years of their lives.
Scratch Beginnings is the story of Shepard's individual journey to discover the present state of the American Dream. Carrying only a sleeping bag, the clothes on his back, and $25 cash, and restricted from using previous contacts or his education, he set out for a randomly selected city with the goal to acquire - after one year - $2,500, a car, and a furnished apartment. His mission: to see if a strong work ethic and sound personal financial management techniques provide any payoff whatsoever. He spends 70 days in Charleston, SC's homeless shelter; of breaking his toe, getting sick, and getting beat up by his roommate; of triumphs and woes working as a mover with Derrick Hale, the eventual hero of the story; and most importantly, of the "normal, everyday, average people" he meets along the way, many of whom made a distinct impression on his life.
Shepard attended Merrimack College in North Andover, MA on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business Management and Spanish. Always in search of his next adventure, he lives in Raleigh, NC where he continues to write, speak, and dominate the old men in Raleigh's adult basketball leagues while his knees are still fully intact.