Author Speaks to Schools to Promote the Value of a Higher Education

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A Higher Education is Within Reach of All Says Author Who Overcame the Odds

Patricia Miller Mauro is hitting school auditoriums to spread the word about the value of a higher education.

Patricia grew up in a world of poverty and violence amidst a seemingly inescapable cycle of instability and despair—where higher education was regarded as a luxury available only to “normal” teenagers.

Through hard work and determination, Mauro overcame the odds and left that world behind for a brighter one fueled by higher education and a successful career.

Safe from the Past, her new book, is her story. “I wrote this book to show others that you can achieve anything you set your mind to,” says Mauro from her home in Texas.

“I wanted everyone to know that when you start the battle, others will step up and help.”

And the value of a higher education is worth fighting for: In 2009, the average weekly earnings for a high school graduate were $626. Compare that to $1,025—the weekly earnings of a university graduate. The weekly earnings of a graduate with a doctorate degree were $1,532 (US Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Though the high school dropout rate is on the decline in the US (National Center for Education Statistics) for many students the pressures that keep them from achieving a higher education can seem, at times, insurmountable.

Having experienced those kinds of pressures first-hand, Mauro’s message is one of perseverance in the face of unimaginable hardships and the restorative power of a higher education. It’s a message she wants everyone to hear.

About the Author
Patricia Miller Mauro has an MBA from New York University. During her time in NYC, she wrote an article that was published in the Recovery Journal. Her book, Safe from the Past, is a continuation of that article and serves to spread the message that good news is on its way to those who are considering a higher education but are afraid to dream.

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