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      Students learn about the real world

      Marquette Senior High School took a unique hands-on approach with freshman students to give them a lesson they'd never forget about the real world that lies ahead.

      The annual event is called the Reality Store, and the main coordinator, Lisa Jahnke, says the day provides "valuable experience."

      "They go through housing, transportation, insurance, food, child care...They learn what real life is like," insisted Jahnke.

      Students picked professions and then had to budget, living within their means.

      Senior Samantha Schwemin, 18, did the same program when she was a freshman and calls it "eye opening."

      "Youâ??re kind of hidden from all that stuff," said Schwemin. "It kind of exposes you to it more."

      Students also juggled extra payments for spouses, kids and late fees for bills.

      "Itâ??s expensive to own a house and have to buy food every month," said 15-year-old Jarrod Masuga.

      And heâ??s not the only student who struggled. Freshman Madison Rieboldt also got a glimpse of how hard reality can become.

      "I ran out of money," declared Rieboldt. "I guess I didnâ??t use it wise enough. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be."

      Luckily for her, this isn't reality; hopefully these activities will aid her in achieving a more successful future.