Advice for High School Seniors from a Private Investigator Who Nearly Failed High School
For the past three years, around this time of year, I’ve been
visiting Putnam Valley High School to speak in front of a class of seniors. The
class is run by Bob Baker, whom I’ve known since I was 9 years old.
Mr. Baker, as I have been asked to call him in class, teaches math,
but once a year he gives a math-applications course where he teaches seniors about
applying some of the math they have learned in school to real-life situations
like paying taxes, obtaining a mortgage and making investments.
The class also has a bit of career, entrepreneurship and
business advice thrown in; the students listen to a few guest speakers in
class, go down to Wall Street and attend a career day at MetLife Stadium.
I truly love speaking to this class every year, and I’m not really sure why. First off, who doesn’t like talking about themselves for about an hour?
But I also feel like I have an interesting story to tell, one that high schoolers can relate to.