College Fit: Interest
The student can explain how choice of major affects career opportunities.
College Fit: Academic
The student can explain how GPA and test scores affect their ability to get accepted to competitive schools.
College Fit: Financial
The student can recognize how the cost of education and student loan debt affect personal finances. They can recognize the financial value of a school versus its cost.
College Fit: Social-Emotional
The student can explain how the social aspects of college, including emotional supports and distance from family, can affect achievement and their college experience.
College Fit: Retention
The student can identify the types of supports they might need to complete college on time and recognize which schools offer those supports.
The student can explain that different careers require different levels of education.
Lifetime Earnings and Satisfaction
The student can explain how level of education and career choice can affect personal satisfaction and lifetime earnings.
The student can identify how certain careers can contribute to social good.
Benefits of Higher Income
The student can explain the benefits of a higher income versus a more demanding career.
About Get a Life
A student’s choices shape their character’s story in Get a Life, a narrative-driven, college- and career-awareness game.
Guide a character from high school graduation to retirement. Decide what interest they will pursue and if they will continue in school. Then, navigate opportunities and obstacles. Balance their comfort, civic involvement, and income to make sure they lead a comfortable, satisfying life.
Dynamic play ensures nearly limitless storylines and outcomes, much like life.
Get a Life is designed and written to teach secondary school students about college and career options and encourage them to have conversations about their futures. By playing Get a Life, students will:
connect the concepts of college, career, and income;
understand how salary impacts other aspects of life; and
consider their comfort and civic involvement when evaluating possible future careers and career clusters.
Students are introduced to a character who has just graduated from high school and is ready to begin adult life.
The character has an expressed interest, an ACT score, and a GPA. Using that information, the student must make choices on the character’s behalf.
Get a Life promotes interest exploration by encouraging students to investigate options outside their comfort zone. In Get a Life, students:
consider their character’s interests when making decisions, exploring options they may not have otherwise chosen for themselves;
navigate events that demonstrate how job satisfaction is influenced by factors other than income;
experience common challenges and setbacks in postsecondary education to gain perspective and discover the resources and support that schools offer to students; and
manage major- and career-specific decisions that offer insight into the type of work involved with the career field they chose for their character.
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Awards and Publications
2019 I/ITSEC Serious Games Showcase and Challenge, Students’ Choice Award: Get a Life.
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