This one-day financial literacy and life skills event is designed to help students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for adulthood. At Reality U, students are provided an adult scenario complete with family status, occupation and net monthly income. During the fast-paced, hand-on exercise, students visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communication services, child-care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. When the students see how far their income does or does not stretch, it is a dose of reality. Ultimately, Reality U helps students make a direct connection between the choice of staying in school and success and financial stability in life.