Sure, they can pass organic chemistry and write a paper about Shakespeare’s use of allegory, but can college students these days sew a button onto a shirt or use a credit card wisely? For years, a common complaint has centered on the presumption that the younger set lacks practical skills. And, let’s face it, with the disappearance of traditional classes, such as home economics and industrial arts courses in middle and high schools, there is some truth to that.
Therefore, the University of Findlay Counseling Services is offering Adulting 101 this school year. The free, 1-hour courses, offered from 6-7 p.m., are open to any UF student who would like to learn more about things that can really come in handy outside of academia and work, things such as preparing a nutritious meal and de-stressing techniques.
“The intent of Adulting 101 is to provide access to skills that maybe are not being taught in the classroom by giving students opportunities to learn both personal and practical skill sets,” said Jodi Firsdon, MA, LPCCS, assistant director of Counseling Services. “Our hope is they will feel a greater resilience in managing their adult lives. We know our students have strengths. These can be enhanced to help them manage life’s circumstances.”
Firsdon said interest in the classes is already building. “We have heard that a lot of people are excited about this series, and we are looking forward to seeing how it goes,” she said.
Here’s the full class schedule:
Sept. 12 – Car Care, Alumni Memorial Union Endly Room
Oct. 10 – Personal Finances, Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Malcolm Dining Room
Nov. 14 – Yoga, Endly Room
Dec. 5 – Sewing and Laundry, Endly Room
Jan. 9 – Meal Prep, Endly Room
Feb. 13 – Self Defense, Endly Room
March 13 – Interviewing Strategies, Endly Room
April 10 – Dinner Etiquette – Malcolm Dining Room