Local students experience real-world ‘adulting’

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – At 17 many kids think they have the world in the palm of their hands.

But some Central High School students are getting a big reality check.

On Monday Altra Federal Credit Union hosted an event that gives students a look at “adulting.”

The interactive program shows them what it’s like to be financially independent for a month.

They’re given a monthly income and have to budget for expected and unexpected expenses.

Plus, everyone has different careers, incomes, and situations.

Some even face real-world struggles like fighting over custody or paying child support.

At the end of the day, it’s not exactly what these students expected.

“I went broke, so I had to get a part-time job. I guess it was a little more expensive than I thought it would be,” said 11th grader, Nadja Elston.

Her fictitious job was s biologist and she was also a single mom.

Child support costs were a big surprise for her.

She has advice for others: make sure you have a good credit score.