Students voice opinions on financial education classes

By Ruby Balbuena and Taylor Vu

Staff Writers

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Denali junior Daniela Rojas PHOTO CREDIT: Daniela Rojas

Denali junior Daniela Rojas took an adulting class during the past year. She has gained more knowledge of financing because of the adulting class that she took. 

Rojas said she learned “different skills to make my transition into adulthood less confusing and stressful,” Rojas said. “For example, we learned how to do our taxes, what to look for when buying a car, how to prepare for job interviews, and how to look after our wellbeing.”

The adulting class helped Rojas have an easier transition into adulthood because she was able to learn the content and received help from a teacher.

Rojas said “I found adulting class helpful because not only did we learn about different aspects about being an adult but we got to try it on our own,” Rojas said. “For example, we did fake interviews with people who worked in human resources. We also filled out fake tax forms and learned how to budget with a fake salary.”

They didn’t just learn about finances, but they also tried it out on their own. By doing a fake interview, which helped them to gain knowledge on knowing what they need for the interview and how to dress up for it. 

Rojas said the class was not difficult because “it was easy to apply what we learned to the real world and get to try what we learned on our own.” 

When it comes to how prepared she feels to handle finances on her own, Rojas said, “I still feel that I need to do some things such as taxes and credit cards with an experienced adult before being on my own.”

Even though she attended the classes, there are still some topics she doesn’t understand. “There are still some things that I don’t know about finances or that I still find confusing,” Rojas said. “The thing I find confusing about finances is the different tax forms that need to be filled out.”

When learning how to handle financial business, her parents helped guide her. Rojas said, “My parents have also taught me how to handle credit cards and how to do taxes.” 

Rojas was able to get help from her family to know more about the financial world, but there are many students out there that do not have parents that are able or willing to teach them about it.

After taking the adulting class, Rojas said, “I would recommend the class to others  because it teaches a person things that they are going to learn at one point in their life but much earlier making it easier and less stressful,”

“I would tell students that having an adult to rely on in your transition to adulthood makes the experience much less confusing and stressful,” Rojas said.

Another person that we interviewed was Reiss Copeland. He is a senior at Summit Denali high school, who didn’t take an adulting class.

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Denali senior Reiss Copeland PHOTO CREDIT: Reiss Copeland

Although he did not take a class to learn about finances, his parents also guided him through the process. “Unprepared, but I am fortunate enough to have parents who can advise me through the process,” Copeland said.  “I know about basic budgeting skills, how to avoid scams, and that banks are often evil.”

A majority of students don’t have the chance to take a financial education class, but, Copeland said they can still be successful if they have parents that are willing to teach them. “It is very possible if you have parents who are versed in the topics.”

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