Adulting 101 Prepares Seniors for their Transition to College

By Sharon L. ('22), TAS Communications Intern

On Friday, Dec. 10, and Tuesday, Dec. 14, seniors participated in a series of Adulting 101 workshops designed to help them transition from high school to college. These workshops were designed by both faculty members and external facilitators. 

There were originally three mandatory sessions scheduled: Understanding and Dealing with Microaggressions; Sex Signals: Interactive and Informative Workshop on Consent; How to Build Skills and a Road Map to Success in College. However, the latter two sessions were rescheduled for next semester. 

The Microaggressions session was held in the Legacy Commons with all seniors present and was led by Mr. Ryan Haynes, Ms. Meagan Frazier, and Ms. Kendra Ing. Many seniors felt that the workshop was very memorable as it taught them how to recognize and react to microaggressions.  

“Hearing the experiences the teachers who held the workshop had with subtle racism really opened my eyes to what we might face when we leave Taiwan,” Yu T. (‘22) said. “I also learned how to deal with microaggressions when I hear them, and how I can either call someone in or out when I hear something offensive.”

The session also taught seniors how to be more mindful of their own words, as certain phrases may have negative implications. "I never would've imagined there were so many ways to offend others,” Andrew H. (‘22) said. “I should begin to make changes for myself.”

Other than the mandatory sessions, there were a total of nine elective classes: Fashion as Self-Expression, Financial Literacy, Finding a Job in College, Leaving Well, Political Activism & Engagement on College Campuses, Privilege for Sale, Self-Defense, Survival Etiquette, and Time & Project Management. 

Seniors were able to express interest in certain workshops through a Google Form, and their college counselors would then create a personalized schedule with both elective workshops and college counseling office hours, where students get to work on their college applications. If their schedule permitted, seniors were also allowed to drop in on other sessions during their free time. 

Out of all the electives, some students found self-defense to be especially memorable. The session was led by Mr. Ting Fan and Dr. Robert Mitchell, and it was also the only class that had limited registration, which was on a first come first serve basis. 

“I enjoyed self-defense the most because it was interactive. We got to practice different moves and also bond with our friends,” Reine C. (‘22) said. 

Selena N. (‘22) also expressed that self-defense was one of the most important classes for her. “Safety is a top priority, especially when going to an unfamiliar place. I learned a lot from this session,” she said. 

Students also enjoyed the workshop Finding a Job in College and felt that they learned a lot of useful information. Ms. Connie Ma and Mr. Anthony Ives led the session going through many essential skills relating to choosing and asking for job opportunities. 

“The most memorable part for me was learning the skill of meeting someone and asking for a job. We practiced writing elevator pitches and listened to Ms. Ma and Mr. Ives’ work experiences,” Mathew H. (‘22) said. 

According to Edward C. (‘22): “Learning about all the different college job opportunities was very fascinating, and the concept of the IKIGAI model gave me an initial understanding of how to choose the best job.”

“This session gave me more information that I haven’t known before. We learned how to navigate using Linkedin, how to ask for job opportunities from guest speakers, and how to introduce ourselves,” Jacqueline S. (‘22) said. 

Many of the other electives also received positive feedback from seniors. According to Kristina H. (‘22), she really enjoyed learning how to style different outfits for both casual and formal events in Fashion as Self-Expression. 

Veronica H. (‘22) also enjoyed that session. “It was so fun seeing our teachers dressed in different styles,” she said. 

For Enoch T. (‘22), he found it eye-opening to hear about American cultural norms that are different from Taiwan. “I learned that giving fruit isn’t considered an appropriate gift in the US when invited to visit someone’s house,” he said. 

As a whole, the adulting experience allowed seniors to learn essential skills in preparation for college, and make more progress on their college applications. “Adulting 101 is a good replacement for exams as it is really informative. I'm looking forward to the sessions in January," Sabrina H. (‘22) said.