Berkeley Adds an 'Adulting' Class

Student-run course covers taxes, stress relief
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2019 12:44 PM CDT
At UC Berkeley, a Class on 'Adulting'
Students walk past Sather Gate on the University of California, Berkeley campus in Berkeley, Calif., on April 21, 2017.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

"Adulting" classes have been springing up over the years, instructing millennials how to cook, manage their time, and pay their taxes. Now, the University of California Berkeley has an offering, too. Students Belle Lau and Jenny Zhou launched the adulting class, exploring "the many dimensions of how to successfully adult," through the student-run DeCal Program this spring. "We realized the things we don't learn in school are topics like taxes and just how to take care of yourself," Lau, a 20-year-old junior, tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're the middlemen trying to get professionals to talk about these topics to students." The response was so overwhelming, with 100 people applying to fill the class' 30 seats, that two sessions will be offered this fall.

Students have already heard from Lau’s mother, an accountant. A Lyft recruiter also spoke on resume building, while an economics professor advised saving half of all earnings. Other topics include stress relief and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “We don't really know that much, so we're all learning together,” says Lau. Georgia Tech offered a similar course in 2016, notes Andrew Zaleski, who wrote last fall at CityLab about his own experience with adulting classes at the online Adulting Collective, including one focused on hangover avoidance. In reporting last year that adulting classes were "expanding across the country," CBS News noted millennials may be behind on certain skills as many have never lived apart from their parents. (This study helps explain why.)

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