Sophomores attend Reality U to get real-world experiences

On Monday, Nov. 7, members of the the sophomore class at Hays High School participated in Reality U, during one of four sessions. Session 1 started at 8 a.m., Session 2 started at 9:30 a.m., Session 3 started at 11:50 a.m. and Session 4 started at 1:45 p.m.

Reality U is a program meant to help students to recognize how important not only their grades and career choices are, but also how important financial planning is. Each 75-minute session encourages students to focus on their education and to consider what they want to do for their next stage in life.

To prepare for Reality U, the sophomores completed a survey, which gets information about what their interests are. Some questions are about how many kids they want, if they will be married, if they will have a pet, what their career choice will be, etc. This survey then allows the program to pair each student with one of their classmates. Then, the pairs go to different stations dealing with finances to realize the weight of adult life.

“Reality U opened my eyes to the financial state of being an adult and what it takes to live a productive life,” sophomore Oscar Flores said.