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GMC students get Reality Check

September 27, 2011 GMC students get Reality Check From staff reports The Union-Recorder The Union-Recorder Tue Sep 27, 2011, 05:49 PM EDT MILLEDGEVILLE — More than 70 Georgia Military College Prep School juniors got a dose of reality Tuesday as their earnings diminished at the final Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual Reality Check. Students envisioned their life as the primary support of their household at the age of 25 before starting the Real Life Experience. The program then randomly assigned each student with an educational level, career, spouse and children and were then set off to manage their monthly income as they stopped at Real Life stations to purchase adult life realities such as housing, utilities, insurance, credit cards, bank accounts, child care, groceries, cars and clothing, got second jobs if needed, and went back to school to increase their income levels. Student John Savage realized how costly it must have been for his mother, who raised four children, as he tried budgeting his finances on a childcare worker’s salary with twins. ‘I didn’t realize how expensive daycare was, especially for infants,’ he said. ‘This is a good program and like the program’s name, it shows you the reality of life.’