Being an adult can be tough, but a new school aimed at teaching basic life lessons to millennials is helping them prepare them for the real world.
They include everything from how not to ruin your clothes in the dryer to dealing with your mail.
The Adulting School, based in Maine, offers online courses in adult skills that may have not been covered in school.
The founders are two women: One who is a psychotherapist and another, who has over a decade of experience in public education.
According to the school's website, it’s a $19.99 per month subscription fee.
The Adulting School focuses on six topics.
• Building relationships
• Health and wellness
• Do it yourself
The website also offers a free “Adulting IQ” test, so people can determine how much they need to learn.
Some of the “yes” and “no” questions include:
• I can hang a picture on my wall
• I can patch a hole in a wall
• I know how to put in a spare tire
• I know how to build a positive credit history
• I understand the important details of credit, debit card and loan offers
• I rock basic budgeting
If you get a failing grade you’ll receive a message saying, “Sorry to break it to you — your parents are tired of your daily calls for help.”
“I don’t think a lot of college kids know how to do that stuff,” says University of Tampa student Shanya Turner. “You have to call your parents. It’s not something we learned before for the most part. “
Tim Harding, M.S., is the associate dean of career development at the University of Tampa.
In the last five years, classes have been created to help college students learn everything from meal etiquette to insurance coverage.
“Basic life skills are critical to a student’s success,” says Harding. “They have to be very academically prepared but not having basic life skills, they can be challenged when they enter the real world.”
The university also offers courses where students learn about car maintenance. Even how to change a tire.
Harding says the reason young adults are struggling with transitioning into adult life is because the focus on academics is now top priority.
“I’m not sure if those kinds of thing are taught in K-12,” says Harding.
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