"What startles me is the number of students who simply go through the motions, are lost along the way, confused or perhaps even oblivious to the complexities they're up against." – page 10
Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, mentors and other interested individuals. If you know of a young person who has just started or is about to enter high school I have discovered a terrific resource that should help to make the sometimes dizzying transition from middle school a whole lot easier. Author Sarah Galimore sure wishes that she had this sort of thing available to her back in the day. She has obviously given the subject a lot of thought and what she has come up with is a neat little book that will help to prepare that young person for the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls that lay ahead. Sarah calls her book "10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School: Finding Academic Success and Career Satisfaction". This extraordinary little book is jam packed with ideas, observations and helpful suggestions. There is an abundance of common sense in this volume.
At just 82 pages "10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School" should be a quick and easy read for just about anyone. If you are an older person buying the book for that special young person in your life I wholeheartedly recommend that you read it first and then pass it on. That way you have the basis for a meaningful conversation down the road. Sarah Galimore certainly does not beat around the bush and she makes each of her points quite eloquently and very succinctly. Among the topics discussed are the important differences between friends and acquaintances and the need to advocate for oneself when necessary. Sarah also points out that real learning goes far beyond traditional textbooks, assignment and tests. These days there are myriad opportunities available for students to enhance their educational experience and Sarah mentions quite a few of them including work-study programs, internships and community service opportunities. Great stuff! Meanwhile, Sarah Galimore does not shy away from the difficult issues like alcohol, drugs and the decision each student must make about whether or not to become sexually active. Once again, I thought she handled these matters very adeptly. Finally, with the rising costs of a college education Sarah urges students to acquaint themselves with all of the options available out there. College is not for everyone and going to a technical school or opening a small business might be a better choice for some. Students need to be proactive throughout their high school years to obtain the information they need to make intelligent educational and career choices.
When Sarah's publisher contacted me about reading and reviewing "10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School" I was more than happy to do so. I have been reading a lot about education over the past couple of years and thought that Sarah's approach might prove very useful to her target audience. I am pleased to report I could not have been more impressed. I found "10 Things I Wish I Knew in High School: Finding Academic Success and Career Satisfaction" to be a thoughtful and very well-written book. Sarah's passion for her subject is quite apparent. Very highly recommended!
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