Author Skjellerup to discuss maximizing college experience at Cazenovia Public Library

— Author Tim Skjellerup will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Maximize Your College Experience,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.

It is a startling fact that student loan debt has grown to the largest source of debt in the United States. The average student leaves college burdened with $26,500 in student loan debt. An even more unsettling fact is that nearly half of these students are leaving college without a degree.

The reality is that with these skyrocketing costs, most people only have one shot at college, but what if they had a step-by-step guide that showed them how to hit it out of the park?

Providing this guidance is Skjellerup’s mission with “Maximize Your College Experience,” and he leaves no stone unturned as he explores the many challenges that college brings. Subjects covered range from taking responsibility for your education, organization and self-discipline to partying and relationships. Also included are action steps at the end of each chapter to help engage students and allow them to put what they have learned into motion.

Through a brash and unapologetic account of his own experiences and mistakes, Skjellerup offers himself up as living proof that your past doesn’t have to define your future.

A single father who graduated from high school ranked 101st out of 117 and who nearly flunked out of community college, Skjellerup outlines powerful yet simple strategies he used to overcome substance abuse and a learning disability to transform his collegiate career and graduate magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2011.

“Whether you’re a young undergrad, returning veteran or non-traditional student, life happens and things come up that can derail your focus in college,” Skjellerup said. “Having a vision for the future and a goal with proven action steps to follow can help you stay focused through the most trying times.”

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