Founder's Journey


Meet Traci Bakenhaster, the heart and soul behind Adulting University. Her journey is a blend of personal challenges, profound growth, and a deep commitment to empowering today's youth. Traci's story is not just a narrative; it's a real-life testament to resilience and a source of inspiration for those navigating the complexities of adulthood.


Traci's passion for guiding youth stems from her own experiences of facing the unexpected trials of early adulthood. Despite being an honor roll student in high school, life took an unexpected turn, leading her to navigate the uncharted waters of single parenthood. Out of this experience grew "Adulting University," a heartfelt mission to ensure others don't face similar challenges unprepared.


At the core of Traci's life and the mission of Adulting University is her unwavering Christian faith. A lifelong follower of Jesus, Traci believes that her purpose is intricately linked to empowering youth and their families. Her journey, marked by its ups and downs, seamlessly aligns with her faith, fueling a mission to equip others for the journey ahead.​

Traci Bakenhaster's story is not just a tale of personal triumph; it's a genuine reflection of faith, warmth, and a sincere desire to serve others. With over 12 years of experience in higher education, career-tech, and industry, and armed with multiple degrees and certifications, Traci brings a wealth of knowledge to Adulting University. Yet, beyond her professional pursuits, Traci spends her free time leading youth groups, volunteering in the community, and spearheading Adulting 101, a nonprofit program. In essence, Traci's life and mission mirror her love for Jesus and a calling to empower the next generation with practical life skills and knowledge.

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