Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover
Contributed by Micheal Celestin
Chapter 24

In Chapter Twenty-Four, Westover discusses the savings that she had managed to amass over time. She had managed to save up to a thousand dollars in her bank account. It was during this time that she became aware of the rewards that money brought. She opined that having money gives one, “the ability to think of things besides money” (Westover 207). Thus, the comfort she had as a result of having money enabled her to focus on other topics, such as school. She found herself spending more time reading about her school subjects and noticed that she could understand her professor’s lectures much better than before.


The chapter clearly shows the developments that can occur to an individual when they are exposed to resources. Westover suggests that having enough money is essential for someone to live a comfortable life without worrying too much. After gathering some money, she could concentrate more on her studies since she stopped worrying about her finances. (Westover 210). With monetary resources at her disposal, she had more time to put into her studies, and thus she could develop herself even further.

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