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Adulting 101

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Adulting 101

Adulting 101 is a series of workshops to help CSU, Chico students and young University alumni on the sometimes bumpy journey to independence. The Office of Student Life and Leadership hosts the series in conjunction with the Career Center and the Alumni Center. Adulting 101 covers life skills on everything from Car Smarts to Credit 101. More than 1,000 students attended the popular series during its inaugural year of 2016.

Car Smarts

Bernie, CSU, Chico Graduate, New Car Broker with New Autos, Inc.

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Learn how to buy, lease, or sell a car and not get ripped off! Bernie, a long-time car broker, warns students of the pitfalls of purchasing a new car, especially from a dealer. He provides tips on how to negotiate (by email or text, rather than in-person), how to deal with the finance department (beware of specialized warranties), and whether a used car has been in an accident (don’t rely on Car Fax – have it inspected by a local mechanic you trust). He also touches on maintenance issues, such as how long to go between oil changes (for later-model cars, every 5,000 miles is plenty, not the 3,000 miles the dealer recommends).

Presentation time: 1 hour, 2 minutes


Relationships 101

Sadie LaBriere, MSW, CSU, Chico Counseling Center, and Kelsey Harrington, M.Ed., Campus Alcohol & Drug Education Center

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The focus of the two presenters in this recording is boundaries. They define “boundaries” as deciding what is OK and what is not OK in a relationship. They believe boundaries form the basis of all relationships – romantic, friendships, roommates, families. The presenters speak of boundaries as defining how people work out physical and emotional space, how they treat each other, and how they share information. The emphasis is on how clear, healthy boundaries can lead to happier relationships of all kinds.

Presentation time: 52 minutes


Grocery Shopping 101

Jenny Breed, Program Director, and Elisa Chavez, Intern, Center for Healthy Communities

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This presentation supplies information to students about the following topics: meal planning, shopping lists, shopping tips, food labels, and CalFresh outreach. The presenters focus on planning before going to the grocery store. In addition, students may be eligible for food aid from the CalFresh program; they can qualify for up to $115 per month. There is also a food pantry on campus to help students stretch their food budgets.

Presentation time: 21 minutes


Healthy Eating 101

Tom Rider, CSU, Chico Associated Students Executive Catering Chef


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Tom Rider presents a cooking demo to help students eat healthier and use local ingredients. He explains his philosophy of cooking and notes that his presentation “is not from the dietician’s perspective, but the chef’s perspective.” Rider prepares and shares with his student audience a three-course meal. The appetizer is salad greens topped with a dressing of citrus vinaigrette, goat cheese, pomegranates, shallots, garlic, and Dijon mustard. For the entrée, Rider substitutes zucchini noodles for pasta as the bed for a “healthier chicken parmesan.” A desert of poached pears and ginger with caramel sauce completes the meal.

Presentation time: 51 minutes


Money Management 101

Jaycob Arbogast, Arbogast Advisers


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Financial Advisor Jaycob Arbogast presents an overview of the basic elements of effective money management. He starts by explaining how to set up and use a personal budget. Arbogast then discusses the various types of student loans and how they can impact a student’s financial future. He concludes with some information about how young people can get ahead of the game by setting up a retirement account.

Presentation time: 40 minutes


Credit 101

Cesar Alfaro

Branch Manager,

Golden 1 Credit Union


Anson Call

Membership Development Officer, Golden 1 Credit Union

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To use credit or not to use credit? That is the question, and Credit 101 has the answers. In this presentation, credit union employees Anson Call and Cesar Alfaro (a CSU, Chico alum) talks about establishing credit, how interest rates work, and how credit scores can lead to a positive financial outlook.

Presentation Time: 1 hour, 1 minute


Taxes 101

Niels Thomas,


Beta Alpha Psi


AJ Johnson

Director of VITA,

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Zoe Pelletier

Director of VITA Elect,

Beta Alpha Psi

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This presentation could be subtitled, “Everything you wanted to know about taxes but were afraid to ask.” The presenters thoroughly cover all aspects of coping with taxes, from a pre-tax checklist (such as collecting the proper forms) to how to file a tax return to how and when refunds are given. They also answer questions specific to students, such as how to claim tuition fee payments as a deduction and whether a student is considered “independent” from his or her parents. The presentation concludes with a step-by-step walk-through of filling out a tax form.

Presentation time: 55 minutes

Accessibility Accommodations: If you need special disability accommodations for an event, workshop, or online or on-campus class, please contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center.