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Brown Mackie College Merrillville - Career Services Team Gives Middle School Students a "Reality Check"

The Brown Mackie College - Merrillville Career Services team recently volunteered their time at the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce Reality Store held at Pierce Middle School in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Brown Mackie College - Merrillville Career Services team recently volunteered their time at the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce Reality Store held at Pierce Middle School in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Reality Store is a day-long educational experience for eighth-grade students in the area. It is designed to provide a glimpse into the kinds of experiences they may have in their lives at the age of 28 including purchasing a home, having children and pursuing a career. Students proceed through a variety of stations that represent simulated life events and they make decisions that they believe are the best for their life.

The team from Brown Mackie College served as "Reality Store Reviewers," a type of life coach, that help the students reflect on the decisions that they have made while going through the store. The students are encouraged to think about decisions that they may want to reconsider and that may have an adverse life impact.