Review: What I Wish I Knew at 18

As tired as the adage is, people who have “been there, done that” have lots of helpful advice to offer if you are willing to hear it.

Dennis Trittin is writing to a tough crowd, older teens who often feel like they already have all the knowledge they need. However, he writes in a way that they would stop and take notice of though. His book isn’t preachy or demeaning, just packed with friendly words about the road ahead.

He makes sure to cover the major issues weighing on young adults including chapters on character, relationships and communication, spiritual life, college, careers, marriage, finances, and other miscellaneous areas. His book definitely accomplishes his goal in setting out, to “serve as a life coach for you, giving you practical before-the-fact ideas that will help you along your journey.” While he does offer lots of answers, he doesn’t guarantee an easy road. He has a realistic perspective in preparing kids to launch into adults. Life will not come easily. But, having these tools in advance will make it easier, and help them not fall into common, and often avoidable, snares.

I especially appreciated that the book is made to interact with. It is a comfortable read, but also makes you stop and think. Peppered throughout the book readers find “Take five” sections that have questions to reflect on and offer time for self-examination. Likely, students will find encouragement as they identify areas of strength, and also plenty to think about in areas they had not yet considered.

Trittin also approaches this bridge to “real” life grounded in faith. He accurately points out how important a firm grounding in faith and a religious community is at this transitional time in life. Many teens get off on their own and quickly distracted from the faith they grew up in. What I Wish I Knew at 18 warns against the danger of this and encourages them to make it a priority to stay connected to God and other believers. It is one of the shorter chapters in the book, so he doesn’t belabor the point, but does make a solid case for this important area.

He didn’t just write a book and leave it at that. He also created study guides to go along with the reading of the book which would be helpful in either a group or one-on-one setting. He also has made it available in a number of formats for those that would prefer it in a more mobile package. Be sure to check out his website for all of the different resources and information that he shares there as well.

This would make a fantastic graduation gift! I was thinking I would like to use this as a one semester course on life skills for my high school students. It covers a little bit of everything and opens wide the doors for dialogue about all those life lessons that we need to make sure we cover before they head out on their own. I’m sure you can think of someone in your circle that would benefit from this book.

Check out all these resources for more information, especially the website where you can read a sample chapter as well:






About Dennis Trittin
Dennis Trittin is a successful investment manager, educator and mentor committed to helping young adults reach their full potential. Now retired from managing over $30 billion in assets, he devotes his life to promoting leadership and life management on a global basis. Trittin serves as an advisor to several charitable groups and as a speaker with national and local educational and community organizations. Dennis and his wife Jeanne are parents of two young adults and reside in the Seattle area.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

National Christian College Fairs

High schoolers need to begin making plans for the years beyond graduation and the National Christian College Fairs want to help in that process.  Their mission:

NACCAP exists to provide professional development, support and encouragement for Christian College, Graduate School and Seminary admissions personnel and High School guidance counselors across North America.

With that in mind they organize fairs across the country to bring college reps to you. October is the prime time for this and these are links to more detailed info on ones coming to the Chicago area:



Palos Heights:


Each link shows detailed information for the specific event including what schools will host booths, times, locations, directions, and answers to other FAQ.

Student Job Fair

Student Job Fair

This year our Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 21st from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. It will be held at Merner Field House on the North Central College Campus.

The KidsMatter Annual Student Job Fair is funded in part by The DuPage Community Foundation and local sponsors. The annual KidsMatter Job Fair is THE one-stop place for young people to find seasonal & summer jobs. The Fair provides job opportunities as well as mock interviews, resume workshops, and internship experiences to prepare students for the workforce. Endorsed by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, last year’s Fair attracted over 1,500 students.

In this tough economy, the Fair will help high school and college students find part-time or seasonal employment.

Each student who attends the Fair will receive a free Resource Booklet summarizing the opportunities available at each participating business along with their contact information. The booklet also includes a section that provides tips and tactics students can refer to in order to increase their odds of securing a job. It answers questions such as:

“How do I prepare for an interview?”

“Who should I use as a reference?”

“What qualities are employers looking for?”

Other Features:

What Not To Do In An Interview, including individual “mock” interviews with students – facilitated by the Heritage YMCA Internship Opportunities & Information–throughout the evening Career Opportunities: Including Naperville Police Department, Naperville Fire Department, Plumber’s Union, U.S. Army, Hair Professionals School of Cosmetology, and more.

ht: Naperville Home Educators


Ashworth approached me about helping them get the word out about their great program. I know many people find it challenging to teach all the subjects well at home as their homeschoolers head into high school . Ashworth offers online and correspondence courses that can help you meet this need.

An online high school diploma from Ashworth is a great option for homeschoolers!

An online high school diploma from Ashworth is a great option for homeschoolers!
Ashworth is a paid advertiser.

Consumer Business Enhancement Session in Gurnee

Paul Tait has a passion for the home school community.  He is retired after spending 18 years at Christian Liberty.  He is organizing a workshop series designed for High School students and their teaching adult.  The workshops will focus on consumer business issues that he feels are applicable for “real life” training.

The details of this workshop are listed below.

The Veritas Center invites

high school age home schoolers and their teaching parents to a


Saturday, June 26th at 1:00pm.

The speaker will be Frank O’Connell who has 40 years experience in the property and casualty insurance and reinsurance industry.  He has held five Senior management positions both marketing and underwriting of commercial accounts with a major insurance carrier.  He retired in 1994 and then worked three years as a consultant conducting underwriting examinations of insurance companies for an East coast reinsurer.  Frank holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter Designation which is awarded only after completion of five years of studies and examinations.  He will discuss the personal automobile and Homeowners policies as well the purpose of insurance and its regulation by the state insurance departments.

A question and answer period will follow in which current events, government’s policies/actions as well as hidden and unintended consequences may be discussed.

The goal of this, and future sessions, will be to better prepare students for civic responsibilities and challenges while maintaining personal time and fiscal stewardship in accordance with biblical teaching.

Teaching parents are urged to attend so they can better integrate the materials presented with their academic studies and discussions.

Mr. O’Connell has graciously waived the standard speaker fees and is willing to take whatever funds are raised after covering the expenses at the Center.

Suggestions are requested for future sessions which will be announced over the next few months.

Please RSVP to: Please provide Participant first and last names, address, and phone number.

Please refer any questions about the series to:

Paul Tait   847-298-6595 or

Please register by June 22.

Homeschooling High School for College and Beyond

Title: Homeschooling High School for College and Beyond
Location: Plainfield Public Library
Link out: Click here
Description: A free workshop on July 1 at 7:30 pm, sponsored by The Plainfield Homeschool Group. Come for some helpful encouragement on homeschooling high school.

See library website for more details.

Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2009-07-01