High school seniors will be graduating soon and they will, in theory, be starting their path in the “real world.” I don’t know how much they are teaching high school kids about the real world today, but I know that I could have used more information back when I was in high school.
Here are four important things I wish they had taught me in high school.
Finances- I wish in high school they had taught us how to properly balance a checkbook. I wish they had warned us about the dangers of credit cards and how to manage our finances. Many of us had to learn the hard way, usually in our 20s, about the importance of managing money. If it is not being taught in high school now, it should be.
Relationships- I wish that there had been a course on relationships and how to communicate well with a significant other. It would have been nice to learn how to identify a bad relationship early on, so as to not waste months or years in one. Sure as teenagers we would not have fully accepted what we were taught, but the information would have been nice to consider.
Plumbing- I wish they had taught all of us, especially us girls, how to fix a leaky faucet and other minor plumbing problems. Think of the money we all could have saved if we knew how to do those things ourselves! I wish I had taken auto-shop to learn how to change my own oil; it would have been more beneficial than my woodshop class turned out to be.
Job Preparedness- I may have been able to skip being a grocery store bagger and vacuum saleswoman early on if I had been taught in high school how to write a great resume. Another really helpful class I wish we had was to teach us how to do well in a job interview! How many interviews did I blow before I finally figured out how to do it right? Despite the fact that many kids in high school think they jobs will come easily, they don’t, especially now.
What do you wish you had been taught in high school? What was the best thing you learned in high school?
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