Magazine article Success

Telling Her Own Story: A High School Student Describes How the SUCCESS for Teens Program Shaped Her Approach to Life and Work

Magazine article Success

Telling Her Own Story: A High School Student Describes How the SUCCESS for Teens Program Shaped Her Approach to Life and Work

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Editor's note: Brittany Galvan, a student in Rowlett, Texas, wrote the following essay about what she learned from the SUCCESS for Teens program, a curriculum that integrates life lessons into other coursework (in her case, a high school class in career preparation that included study at school--learning what employers expect; interviewing, resume writing and improving communication skills; exploring careers--plus at least 15 hours a week of work at a paying job). The SUCCESS for Teens program, which provides free copies of the SUCCESS for Teens book to qualifying organizations, is funded by tax-deductible contributions to the SUCCESS Foundation.

When I first entered my career preparation class as a junior in high school, I had only a basic understanding of what it was like to work hard and set important priorities. I also was just learning to appreciate the effort it took to earn my own money as a teenager; before being in the career preparation class, I had my first job and it went well. Once my teacher used the SUCCESS for Teens material in the class, it gave me a much better understanding of how important it is to take control of my life, to make decisions that will benefit me in the short term and long term, and taught me that a positive attitude can take me anywhere I want to go in life.

The points from the SUCCESS for Teens book and the overall program that have stuck with me are the importance of setting goals, taking small steps, improving my character, using good manners and maintaining a positive outlook no matter what. …

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