Charles City High School seniors attend 'Adulting 101'

All-day course teaches students on how to manage budgets, sign for loans and buying a house, among others

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 8:55 PM

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Gavin Connell is about to graduate high school and head to college, but when it comes to being an adult, he didn't know how much work or money it would take.

"I didn't know anything about mortgaging houses, I didn't know anything about credit scores, I didn't know any of that stuff until I sat down and we got to talking about it," Connell says.

That's where the 'Adulting 101' class comes in. The one day experience had seniors thinking of their future, and their budget. They ventured around town to learn about everything from buying groceries, to qualifying for a home loan, even writing a check.

Bailee Bortz is planning on attending Iowa State to major in biology with an eventual goal of becoming a veterinarian. And after learning what she knows now, Bortz is wondering if she should have handled money a little better early on.

"It got me in the sense that I need to start saving now when I should've started saving earlier so that I had extra money for college. I had things to pay for like my books and everything else," Bortz says.

Veronica Litterer is with Stewart Realty Co. in Charles City, and says your future is all dependent on choice you make in your younger years.

"This is the second year we've participated in this program. And we've gotten really positive feedback from the students, and they're having some really eye opening moments about their future life, and maybe their parents' lives," Litterer says.

Students constructed their budget based on the career they are working towards.

As for what Connell took away from the event?

"I learned that a lot of the stuff that I was gonna be able to do when I was really young, that I'm probably not gonna be able to afford after I get out of college," Connell adds.

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