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Welcome to the Adulting Manual

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on November 2, 2017 at 2:51:08 pm


What is this?

This is the Adulting Manual!

Cartoon by Sophie Baer: https://www.redbubble.com/people/sqbr/works/3033216-welcome-to-adulthood


Who made it?

It is the product of joint efforts by students from Lake Forest College in Holly Swyers's classes on the Anthropology of Education and Qualitative Methods. It has also involved the contributions of over 120 members of the Forester Career Network. It was improved by the input of several Lake Forest College student beta-testers.


How was it made?

Over the course of 2017, participants in this project have been developing information around the question: what skills does a young person need in order to transition successfully to adulthood in the United States? 


Over 120 people from all walks of life were interviewed around six different topics, and a group of students analyzed the interview transcripts for both shared themes and for differences in advice. The analysis is written up below in this advice manual.


How can I use it?

To get started on exploring the manual, pick a topic below:


Home life

Questions related to setting up and maintaining a place to live



Questions related getting and advancing in a job



Questions related to saving, budgeting, and investing


Communication - personal relationships 

Questions relating to family, friends, significant others


Communication - institutions

Questions relating to banks, insurance companies, landlords


Health and well-being 

Questions related to caring for health and maintaining life balance




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