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.
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