Tim Hayden, Debra Regier, Zach Lorenson (admin. intern)
Reality U is a highly interactive simulation of life that helps students learn about financial realities in an engaging and fun way. Students imagine their life as a 26-year old and complete an online lifestyle survey, including questions about their occupation, marital status, use of credit cards, and their current grade point average. This information is entered into a program that links their answers to a unique scenario that is individualized for each student based on their survey answers. The students make purchases at the thirteen booths that represent services and/or products that adults typically must purchase or consider each month. Students have the opportunity to learn how their decisions impact their bottom line as they try to make decisions that won't result in their check register falling below zero!