Even if you don't have to, take at least one economics and one personal finance course. High schools don't teach much about budgets and credit or supply and demand. These courses will open your eyes to how much money works in the real world and introduce you to practical skills you'll use the rest of your life. They will also, finally, give you an inkling of what your dad's been writing about for 25 years.
This article originally appeared in the September 2008 issue of Money magazine.