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'Senior Survival' an important class to prepare high school seniors for life after graduation

Posted: 3:21 AM, Nov 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-05 08:25:37-05
Senior Survival class

TAMPA, Fla. — In just 8 months, High School Seniors across the Tampa Bay area will graduate.

And then, "adulting." For many, it is a foreign concept.

Some schools in Hillsborough County are getting the students ready.

"You have wages, salary, tips, you got that, so tax exempt interest," says teacher Jessica Raia-Long.

Raia-Long teaches Family and Consumer Sciences Essentials, otherwise known as Senior Survival, at Hillsborough High School.

"This is actually my favorite class of the day." says Aaliyah Jackson says, "It teaches me about life."

In this class, it is all about life skills. Students learn things like how to sew a button to cooking a homemade meal.

Twenty years ago, Florida required a class similar to this to graduate. Now, only a handful of schools teach it.

"In school you don't learn how to write checks and cursive or anything. In this class we do," says senior Colin Kilgannon. "I didn't learn how to write my signature until she showed us cursive."