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Struggling with the transition to adulthood? This site has all the answers to your adulting struggles.

Adulting is terrifying. From navigating the endless forms for buying a Build-To-Order (BTO) flat, to being sensitive to wedding etiquette when your friends of other races invite you to their big day, the unspoken rules of adulting are often hard to comprehend. 

These struggles inspired Eunice Foong, 24, and her team to launch a website to help Singaporean millennials with their transition into adulthood. 

Articles on topics relating to networking, email etiquette and even selecting flowers for different occasions are available on the website. 

The 'How To Adult' website started as a final year project (FYP) for four Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information students from Nanyang Technological University.

The group came up with this topic after facing a few adulting fails themselves. Ivan Yak, 25, the creative mind behind the team, realised he had no idea how to go about getting a 'Build-To-Order' flat. Similarly, Cheryl Goh, one of the content producers of the team, also found herself clueless when it came to understanding and buying insurance for herself.

The group soon realised that they were not the only ones facing these issues – their friends had no idea how to help out as well.

It is thus no surprise the website garnered close to 1,000 views merely five days after its launch on Jan 8. 

"We've been working on this project since July last year, so to finally see our hard work pay off and the website go live and garner so many views in a short span of time is gratifying," said Eunice, the publicity head of the team.

The members (from left): Nazurah, Ivan, Eunice and Cheryl, call themselves a "match made in heaven" – being able to cover each other's flaws.

The process of starting the website was not easy. Narrowing down the relevant information as well as ensuring that the details were sufficient and accurate was tough, especially since they were almost as clueless as their audience.

"We could barely even understand the adulting jargon, let alone interpret it for everyone else to understand it as well," said Nazurah Nazri, 23, the team's other content producer.

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The team generates innovative ways to produce content in order to relate to their audience well.

To clarify doubts regarding content, the team reached out to several experts in different fields for advice. The team has worked with partners like Hello Flowers, Lyf by Ascott, Seedly, Spacemob, The Meatmen and to create a range of content, from articles and videos to social media posts and giveaways.

"We've been very lucky that our cause has been well received by almost everyone we've reached out to," said Eunice.

The team is organising a launch party later this month, to allow transitioning millennials clarify any adulting-related doubts with industry experts.

The project cost is projected to be at $7,000, and the National Youth Council (NYC) and Lee Foundation are funding the project.

They have also received support from NYC's Young ChangeMakers (YCM) Initiative, which aims to build platforms for young people to congregate, connect and collaborate with like-minded individuals to make a difference to the community. YCM provided advice regarding youth demographics, and assists the team with publicity as well.

The team is also planning to hold workshops. Their first workshop on Feb 8, with guest speakers from the Institute for Financial Literacy, will teach young adults the basics of money management.

Spacemob sponsored an office space, which allows the group to have a conducive working environment.

"Our aim is to help 10,000 millennials in Singapore, and be the main platform that people turn to when they have any question at all in relation to adulting," said Eunice. 

Although their official FYP submission is in April, the group is hoping to sustain the cause even after they graduate. 

For now, they plan to work on 'How To Adult' for the next two years, to guide millennials through taking their first steps into adulthood.


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