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Real Life Lessons for the Real Hard Times

Monday, Mar. 23, 2009

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2009 – From Asian-American studies to chemistry, college students learn it all. Santa Clara University, though, goes one step further in teaching their students everything their professors and their parents may not have taught them – life skills for the real world.
Because of the economic crisis, the approach and lessons for this series will be different for the 2009 graduating class. Last year, SCU offered a workshop about relationships and marriage. This year, organizers are switching the focus to how financial issues can affect relationships and how couples can deal with the money issues before they tear them apart.

Should the class of 2009 put their money in a 401K? What if you have a little extra money leftover after paying the bills? Should it go to a savings account or to pay off student loans? The "Personal Investing & Budgeting" session will arm seniors with vital information about managing and saving money and surviving the recession.

Remember when you landed your first job? You may have thought, “I’m hired. Now what?” That’s the title of new workshop for students getting ready to hit the real world. It’s geared to helping them make the transition from student to young professional and to teach them how to deal with practical aspects of starting a new job, such as choosing a healthcare plan, learning professional protocols, and e-mail etiquette.

“A Day on the Golf Course” is taking a new direction this spring. Organizers will stress the advantages of playing the game from a networking perspective and for potentially making business deals on the green. They’re calling it “Your Future is on the Green.”

“Life After SCU” begins April 7 and runs through May 26. Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the events. Interviews are available with the workshop instructors, students, and organizers from Santa Clara University’s Alumni Association.

  • April 7, 6-8 p.m. – Relationships: Love & Money with Fred Parella
  • April 14, 6-8 p.m. – Day on the Golf Course: Your Future Is on the Green
  • April 16, 6-7 p.m. – I’m Hired. Now What?
  • April 21, 6-8 p.m. – BBQ-ing Basics
  • April 28, 6-8 p.m. – Personal Investing and Budgeting
  • May 5, 6-8 p.m. – How to Entertain Your Guests & Co-workers
  • May 12, 6-8 p.m. – Bronco Connections
  • May 19, 6-8 p.m. – Traveling on a Budget
  • May 26, 6-8 p.m. – Wine Tasting with Paso Robles Winery

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,758 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

To learn more about “Life After SCU,” about a particular workshop, or to set up interviews, contact:

Connie Coutain
408-554-5126 (office)
408-829-4836 (cell)

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