Money Smart Adulting 101

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Quick Facts

Target: College Students

Management level: Moderate

Timeline: 3-4 weeks to prepare

ABOUT MONEY SMART ADULTING 101

Adulting 101, designed for university students or the young adult demographic more broadly, is a game-style activity that exposes students to financial best practices and to financial education resources available to them as they navigate their new adult responsibilities. 
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GETTING STARTED

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Step 1

Select game style and order materials.

 

The game should include an element of randomness to feel like a game i.e. spinning wheel (each color is a category) or a foam die (each category corresponds with the die number). Small prizes and promotional giveaway items promoting other financial education resources should be incorporated.

Pro Tip: Direct students to this self-education resource: https://www.cashcourse.org

Step 2

Reserve a space and time.

Select an appropriate time and high-visibility place to attract the largest number of passersby. Suggested locations include a campus university center, lounge or cafeteria near meal time.

Register your event – even if it’s private.

Ensure that your campus or organization is recognized as a participant. Register your event here

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Step 3

Brainstorm quiz questions for the game.

 

Choose from sample quiz questions provided by the Money Smart Week team or write your own multiple-choice questions. Additional resources for creating quiz questions can be found below.

Adulting 101 Sample Quiz Questions 

Additional online resources: #1    #2    #3

Step 4

Promote the event and create a volunteer schedule.

Use social media and hang flyers in high-traffic

Create one-hour shifts to prevent imposition on any one volunteer’s time. Multiple volunteers are encouraged at one time to help attracting passersby with verbal invitations.

Pro Tip: Use Money Smart resources to help you market your event here.

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Step 5 

Prepare and host event.

 

Quiz questions, prizes, game piece, promotional financial education resources and table decorations should be ready on the day of the event. Approximately 2-3 hours in length is a good amount of time to host the event. It can be repeated on different days at different times if desired.

BENEFITS

Money Smart Week Adulting 101 is a flexible activity requiring minimal resources that can be easily replicated and specifically tailored to each college campus to target 18-24 year olds during Money Smart Week.

“During the excitement and commotion of the lunch period in our University Center, the Adulting 101 tabling event became an interactive and informational financial event for our student participants. From a distance, students would first notice the bright-colored tabletop spinning wheel, and would then visit to play the financial trivia game. Because of the excitement surrounding the event, we plan to bring it back during next year's Money Smart Week.”

Katie Patterson
Financial Literacy Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

“Adulting 101 is a great tool for Money Smart Week, in particular here on college campus. Students are often invested in the battle of time, and this quick transaction of a tabling experience allowed them to gather a tidbit about mindful money managing that they may have not known before, in a quick interactive manner.”

Sarell Martin
PR & Outreach Coordinator
Andersen Library
Whitewater, WI

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Quick Facts

Target: College Students

Management level: Moderate

Timeline: 3-4 weeks to prepare

ABOUT MONEY SMART ADULTING 101

Adulting 101, designed for university students or the young adult demographic more broadly, is a game-style activity that exposes students to financial best practices and to financial education resources available to them as they navigate their new adult responsibilities. 


Want to host an Adulting 101 event?
Follow the links to register or login as a Supporter.


BENEFITS

Money Smart Week Adulting 101 is a flexible activity requiring minimal resources that can be easily replicated and specifically tailored to each college campus to target 18-24 year olds during Money Smart Week.

“During the excitement and commotion of the lunch period in our University Center, the Adulting 101 tabling event became an interactive and informational financial event for our student participants. From a distance, students would first notice the bright-colored tabletop spinning wheel, and would then visit to play the financial trivia game. Because of the excitement surrounding the event, we plan to bring it back during next year's Money Smart Week.”

Katie Patterson
Financial Literacy Coordinator
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

“Adulting 101 is a great tool for Money Smart Week, in particular here on college campus. Students are often invested in the battle of time, and this quick transaction of a tabling experience allowed them to gather a tidbit about mindful money managing that they may have not known before, in a quick interactive manner.”

Sarell Martin
PR & Outreach Coordinator
Andersen Library
Whitewater, WI