Perhaps one of the worst things about school is that so much of what you learn in class is stuff you’ll never need to know in your adult life. Instead of teaching kids real-world skills like how to balance a bank account, how to change a tire, or how to cook healthy, delicious meals, they’re taught different types of triangles and the names of sentence fragments. That’s why millennials are signing up for “adulting” classes that teach all the skills they never learned when they were younger.
- “Adulting” classes are so needed. You wouldn’t believe how many people in their late 20s and 30s completely lack the ability to properly budget, to make anything other than frozen meals, or how to look after their cars. “Adulting” classes and courses are popping up to fill the gaps in knowledge and they’re making a killing because of it.
- A lot of millennials are still living with their parents. This is even more prevalent thanks to the pandemic since the economy has been gutted and employment is hard to find. According to a figure from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015, a whopping 34% of people between the ages of 18 and 34 still live with their parents, so it’s no wonder so many people in this age group are struggling.
- There’s even an “Adulting School” in Maine! Founded by two women named Rachel and Rachel, the women reveal on the website that they “created this space for people, no matter WHAT age, who still don’t know (for example) WTF an APR is, or how to fix the hole in their wall so they don’t lose their security deposit.” They offer a variety of courses on their website on topics like money, DIY, wellness, work, and relationships.
- I feel pretty self-sufficient, but even I could benefit from some of these classes. I’m a really good cook and I’ve been living solo since I was 18, but there are still definitely gaps in my knowledge that could use filling. For instance, there are certain DIY tasks I would love to be able to do that I can’t, and while I would have a go at changing a flat tire, I really have no idea how to get started. Maybe I need to sign up for a course myself!