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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
If I'd known then what I know now. How many people have said that as they look at some of the choices they've made and where the consequences of those choices led them? 10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School is the kind of book that can help you avoid having to say that. Sarah E. Galimore maintains that getting an education and learning are two totally different things and are approached in different ways as well. The choices we make in high school and beyond have a drastic effect on how we define success, how we achieve that success, and how happy we are with where we end up. Sarah addresses ten essential areas where spending a little bit more time questioning your motivations and goals for the future might actually help you to make better choices. Those essential areas include how we choose our friends and for what reasons, taking control of our education and customizing it to fit our talents and interests, defining success and much more. With plenty of anecdotes from her own experience, Sarah provides some very thought provoking material to start a secondary student on their way to thinking a bit more clearly about where they are headed and, more importantly, why they are headed that way.
Though my high school experience was more than 30 years ago, 10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School had an effect on the way that I look at my career as well. I can relate a great deal to much of what Sarah E. Galimore lays out and would likely counsel a high school student in much the same way. Too many of our youth and their parents simply accept the program that they are given without advocating for themselves and their own interests, and without even taking a moment to examine their goals and what motivates them. I was lucky enough to have advocated for my own education and in the process have reaped many of the rewards that Sarah mentions. All in all, though this is a book directed at high school students, 10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School is a must-read for parents whose children are just beginning high school as well. Well organized, easy to read and packed full of great advice.