Being an adult can be difficult. Thankfully, the Northwestern Compass Center is helping their students to prepare them for life after college with the series of classes titled “Adulting 101.”.
This series started in the spring of 2021 with six different events held throughout the semester. Adulting 101 classes are a series of hour-long sessions where students can obtain information about adulthood after college that is not typically taught in the classroom setting. These classes are offered to all students who wish to attend, but an RSVP is recommended.
At the Budgeting Basics session held Thursday, Feb. 24, John Dykstra, the second Vice President at American State was ready to answer any and all questions students had about budgeting. Students learned what budgeting is, how to create a budget from scratch, what tools are available to help them create a budget and how to budget and invest to plan for the future.
There are still two other sessions this semester. The Professional Dress Fashion Show scheduled for April 6 will help teach students how to dress professionally in a fun, unique and visual way. Then in April there will be a session titled “Car Maintenance for Dummies” which will teach students basic car maintenance that will have demonstrations such as jumping a dead battery, replacing windshield wipers and changing a flat tire.
Franken Fellow Teagan Vander Waal said, “The hope is that students will walk away from these events more confident and prepared as they continue their degrees and look forward to life after college.”
Not only are the Franken Fellows excited about these classes, but so is the rest of Raider Nation. Sophomores Emma Franken and Amber Post are excited that they get the chance to learn how to budget.
Upperclassman Miriam Cary said, “I am glad that I get to learn about budgeting especially when I am paying off my student loans.”
These students are also excited to learn how to budget while they are still in college and obtain that knowledge before they get out into the real world.
These Adulting 101 classes are something you don’t want to miss out on. If students are able to attend all three classes, they can pay five dollars to receive a microcredential for their resume, which is great when starting to hunt for jobs.