Adulting 101

Automotive teacher Josh Koontz explains basic car care to a group of Temple High School students. The school had seniors spend Wednesday morning in a series of practical classes called Adulting 101.

While the underclassmen finished up state testing, Temple High School’s senior class spent a morning this week in a very important seminar: Adulting 101.

Participating students circulated between several workshops on basic life skills for the world after graduation. Assistant Principal Heidi Belson said the Wednesday class series is the first event of its kind at Temple High.

The classes were taught by a combination of Temple’s technical teachers and some professionals from the surrounding community.

“I think so far it’s been really super beneficial to the students,” Belson said.

Eric Brown, 18, said the most interesting section was a class on healthy relationships taught by a psychiatrist from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple.

“We started out in the money management 101, we learned about how to balance a checkbook and a couple of just principal budgeting tips, things like that,” Brown said. “Then we moved on to ... talking about relationships, basically going from the relationship with your friends, parents, family, but the overall essence of the presentation was the relationship with yourself, which I feel like is the most vital relationship.”

Belson said the relationship class probably had the most student engagement overall.

“(He was) talking about making sure you have a great relationship with yourself, so it can translate into great relationships with others,” Brown said.

The most surprising segment, Brown said, was the home maintenance class.

“I had no idea about any of that,” he said. “It used to be like a complex nuance that I thought was crazy, but it’s really just a couple of nuts and bolts.”

Brown said that to him, the most scary aspect of adulthood is personal finance and credit. But because that seems most challenging, he already has been researching that area of life on his own.

Josh Koontz taught basic auto maintenance, showing the students how to check oil and antifreeze levels, and where to find a car’s air filter.

Koontz said some of the students asked very good questions.

“I try to give them as much life experience as I can. I’ve had a blowout on the side of the road, I’ve helped people change blowouts on the side of the road,” he said. “They seem interested whenever it’s coming from somewhere when it’s happened before.”