INA, Ill. (March 11, 2020) — Local freshmen and sophomore high school students got a firsthand look at some of the essential college basics they will need to tackle the next chapter of their lives at Rend Lake College’s Kick Start Your Journey event.
The annual event brought hundreds of students from local high schools to tour the campus, go through different college workshops and take a trip through the “Reality Store.” There, the Wheel of Misfortune showcased some of the harsh realities life can throw your way such as an unexpected hospital stay and medical expenses.
It wasn’t all unforeseen circumstances the students had to budget around. They were given a certain amount of dollars (in the $1,800 to $7,3000 range) based on their career and had to make purchases based on the income. Everyday expenditures like groceries, housing, transportation, clothing, healthcare, entertainment, technology and insurance were factored in.
Additionally, students got to learn about career choice, goal setting, dual credit and dual enrollment opportunities and financial aid. Students from Benton High School, Hamilton County High School, Woodlawn High School and NCOE High School were in attendance on Tuesday, and students from Sesser-Valier High School, Mt. Vernon High School, Pinckneyville High School and Webber High School were on campus Wednesday.