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From college student to published author: Brockport alumnus gives career insight

by Kristina Livingston - Managing Editor
Tue, Mar 28th 2017 11:00 pm
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Brockport alumnus Adam Yeoman has recently published his book `The World in Our Hands: A Political and Economic Analysis`. Yeoman encourages college students to apply their knowledge of politics in their everyday life.
Photos provided by Adam Yeoman Brockport alumnus Adam Yeoman has recently published his book "The World in Our Hands: A Political and Economic Analysis". Yeoman encourages college students to apply their knowledge of politics in their everyday life.

While the typical student at The College at Brockport attends classes from day-to-day, they may be contemplating the ways their career goals will make a mark upon the world. For 2011 graduate Adam Yeoman, immersion in political science and international studies drew him to the conclusion that compiling original thought inspired by the material he learned at the college into a published book was a notable goal.

Transferring to Brockport from Genesee Community College in 2009, Yeoman conceived his goal of making himself a published author and began taking steps to self-publish after graduation. 

Releasing "The World in Our Hands: A Political and Economic Analysis" in 2011, Yeoman initially faced difficulty in acquiring publishing success, a struggle which he credited to his exploration of political practices which face criticism in the United States as well as his inexperience in the literary business. He ended up choosing to self-publish through Amazon Kindle, because of which sale proceeds are divided between the company and himself.

"I went through school studying the different political ideologies and came to my own conclusion," Yeoman said. 

This conclusion being democratic socialism, Yeoman spent anywhere between four to eight hours a day on compiling his thoughts, writing "The World in Our Hands" in approximately eight months. 

According to Yeoman's website, theworldinourhands.yolasite.com, "One only has to  look at the countless wars and death and suffering to see that there are  huge lessons to be learned by examining history not from a factual perspective but from an emotional and spiritual perspective of the people  who lived the wars and plagues we learn about in our text books."

Part of his distaste for current national standings comes with personal experience, learning about the hardships of familial bankruptcy and an inadequate minimum wage for self-sustainability. 

"We're being blinded by our current political system, to show us that we all have to live in near-poverty, in wage slavery, when it's not true," Yeoman said. "We're the wealthiest nation in the world."

Yeoman believes college to be a prime environment for exposure to diverse political systems, as it was instrumental in combining academic ideas with his personal concerns. Today, he believes international empathy  is a necessary driving force in achieving global political and economic unity.

"They're still people just trying to live," Yeoman said. "One just grew up under communism, one grew up under capitalism. I try not to demonize other societies."

As for Yeoman's future, he has moved into nonprofit fields, working with the Red Cross and an organization called Judicial Process Commission, which assists teenagers and adults with criminal records obtain employment, with aspirations of someday entering government work.

"It [an underdeveloped understanding of political and economic systems] is put into our system," Yeoman said. 

With the publication of his first book, Yeoman enters the political world as a Brockport graduate with a dream of education. While "The World in Our Hands" has not reached widespread release, Yeoman's work is available through major online retailers such as Amazon and Apple iBooks. 


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