How to Adult

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How to Adult is a multi-part workshop series to prepare you with skills for life after college.

How to Adult sessions are offered during second semester and Short Term.

The 2018 Series

Personal Finance and Using Credit Wisely
Friday, January 12, 12-1 pm
Commons 221/222

We bring Rich Goldman ’76, P’16 and Randy Creswell back to campus to give their annual talk on budgeting, money planning, and credit card advice. Rich and Randy are bankruptcy lawyers who are smart, funny, and give you great lifelong advice for getting started now, now matter where you are in your college career and financial journey, and “avoiding the debt debacle.”

Identity in the Workplace
Friday, February 2, 12-1pm
Office of Intercultural Education

Join Larry Handerhan ’05, Vice President of the Alumni Association, and fellow panelists Kim Trauceniek (Student Life), Roy Montgomery (OIE) and Carolyn Starks (Admission), for a discussion about how, when, if… to be yourself in the workplace. Larry is the Chief of Staff for the D.C. Department of Human Services, previously worked at HUD for several years, and holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

How to Apartment: Finding and Renting Your Next Home
March – Date TBD

In March, we’ll offer a session with tips on how to find an apartment, especially in a big city, what to look for in a contract, your lease options, whether to work with a realtor or stick with craigslist, and how to get that deposit back. Stay tuned for date and time. See past event video here

Owen Keene SJWhat’s For Dinner? Cooking and Shopping Healthfully
Wednesday, April 4, 12-1 pm
Commons 226


Bates Dining’s Executive Chef Owen Keene and Sous Chef Mike Staffenski lead students (and eager-to-learn staff!) in this just-in-time session of How to Adult at the grocery store and in the kitchen. Smart and healthy shopping, prepping your vegetables and meats, and recipes to take home. Delicious, simple foods are on the menu!

Past Sessions


We know, we know. You don’t want to think about it. But you’ve told us loud and clear that when it gets real, your biggest fear is how to make and keep friends after Bates. How does it work when you’re not 24/7 living and eating with hundreds of your peers and your best friends? We’ve got your back.

Renting in NYC and Beyond

Moving to a city after graduation? Learn about apartment shopping! This presentation offered great advice for thinking about working with landlords, finding an apartment, and affording what you find – using New York as the example for what to consider with any large city. Featuring NYC Realtor Lauren Carter from Cooper and Cooper Real Estate.  Topics included: Neighborhoods & Subways, The Application Process, Paperwork Requirements, Income & Credit Guidelines and more. See slides here.

How to use credit wisely and avoid the debt debacle

Featured speakers from the Credit Abuse Resistance Education program:
Rich Goldman ’76, P’16, JD, Bankruptcy Attorney
Randy Creswell, JD, Shareholder, Perkins Thompson, P.A.

See the Fall 2016 presentation slides here. See the Spring 2016 video here.

Financing your 20s: Budgeting and Saving

Featured Experts: 

Helen Andreoli, Bates ’92, VP of Wealth Management, UBS (Fall 2016)
George Carr, Bates ’07, VP and Portfolio Manager, RM Davis (Spring 2016)
Kelsey Gillespie, Community Marketing Manager, Casco Bay FCU (Spring 2016)
Nate Hull, Associate, Verill Dana and speaker, Credit Abuse Resistance Education (Spring 2016)

Download tips from past speakers of Financing your 20s.

First Jobs: Salary Negotiation, Decision Making and What to do with The Offer

Featured Experts:
Julie Glauninger, Bates ’86, Financial Advisor and salary negotiation coach for the City of Boston’s Office of Women’s Advancement
Colleen Coxe, Bates Career Development Center

See event video here

How to Apartment

Vince Ciampi, Bates ’12, Broker, CBRE The Boulos Company
Hawley Strait, Bates ’00, Real Estate Attorney, Bernstein Shur

All you need to know about leases and contracts, rental insurance, finding the right place, communicating with landlords, getting your deposit back…

See the event video here

How to Adult – Why Insure?

Dottie Chalmers-Cutter, Chalmers Insurance Company

See the event video here. See presentation slides here.

How to Adult Playlist on

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Questions? Molly Newton, or Marianne Cowan,



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