10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School

Finding Academic Success and Career Satisfaction

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
90 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2015
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Author Biography

SARAH E. GALIMORE is a consultant, aspiring author and student advocate. She is the founder of an online educational community dedicated to providing affordable, comprehensive and forward-thinking academic and career planning services to students. For the past ten years Sarah has worked in a variety of roles, garnering diverse experience in market research, strategy and planning, program management and consulting. She's worked with a variety of organizations, from small not-for-profits to large financial institutions. Sarah hopes to combine her professional experience and her interest in education to support students in making the most of their educational opportunities. In her free time, Sarah enjoys travel, music, outdoor activities and most of all, spending time with her family.

    Book Review

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.

Sarah Galimore

Thank you Bil for your thoughtful review!

John Chancellor - Amazon

I think at one time or another we have all pondered the questions, “Knowing what I know now, if I could relive my life, what things would I do differently?” We can spend a lot of time thinking about the things we might do differently, but that is a waste of time. Unfortunately we do not get the chance for a “do over”. We make our choices on a daily basis and then we live with the consequences of our choices – and many of our choices will continue to impact our lives well into the future.

Sarah Galimore, the author of 10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School, takes a look back at some of the choices she made in high school and wonders whether she could have made better choices. Her goal in looking back is not to try to change the past or speculate about what might have been. She is still a rather young but that does not stop her from realizing that as youths we often fail to seek out guidance or worse yet think we don’t need it. There seems to be a hazard of youth that we think we have things figured out, that life will not happen to us, that somehow we are invincible.

I believe that Ms. Galimore has some valuable lessons for those still in high school. She freely shares the things she did and the things she failed to do that have not served her well. By all measures, most people would consider her a success. But she indicates that at times she tended to focus too much time and energy in ways that did not produce the best results for her. She also talks about failing to focus on some bigger picture items that she should have paid more attention to.

The book is rather short and very easy to read. The target audience is the younger person who is looking for some guidance on making better life and career choices. She provides some excellent advice in a very conversational style. The advice she shares is not in any way preachy, and that should make it easier for young people to listen to her. Also, she still rather close in age to the high school audience so she tends to write in a manner they will pay attention to.

There are some very valuable lessons in this book. I would hope that all high school students would read this or some similar book and take the time to figure out their values, what they really want, how to achieve it, and how what they wants fits in the larger world picture. She also advocates that it would be smart to enjoy your youth – don’t focus on growing up too fast. But I remember how smart I thought I was in high school – how I thought I had everything figured out. I’m not sure there is any book that will cure that youthful attitude. This one certainly makes an effort.

I was provided a review copy of this book.

Sharris - Amazon

A must read for young students!

This is a book that every kid going into high school or even college should read. It is full of personal insight and sourced statistics about just about everything you can possibly think of when it comes to your education. There is insight from the friends you make in school to the way you approach learning to whether or not college is right for you. These topics are all so important for a young student to think about in order for them to take better hold of their life. It is also written in a down-to-earth and easily accessible way that draws you in, especially with the personal stories which I think young people can really appreciate. If you know a kid about to embark into high school I definitely recommend getting this book for them; it could help to better shape their future.

Anj - Amazon

Very Inspirational!

I had my 17 year old daughter read this book and this is her review "Your book was very inspirational. I enjoyed all the facts that your book included. The "Reflective Moment" section really made me think. This book is definitely informative and helpful."