Millennials love to complain about the rigors of “adulting” on social media, and its clear from the news out of college campuses – where things like safe spaces, coloring therapy are all the rage – that young adults are lacking certain necessary skills (and coping mechanisms) to help them survive in the real world.
Two hipster teachers in Portland is trying to address just that problem: with “The Adulting School,” a full-service educational institution dedicated to teaching Millennials things like how to open a bank account, how to fix a leaky faucet, how to schedule a doctor’s appointment, and how to julienne a carrot.
The founders also say that the classes give students a chance to network, and market themselves to each other and form professional relationships. Though they do also provide beer, wine and food trucks so that the experience isn’t too alien for Portland’s hipster community.
“I still have to go to my mom’s house,” one 25-year-old student of the school told local news. “When I started my new job, I had to go to have her help me fill out my W-2 and everything. I had no idea what I was doing.”
The Adulting School is actually part of a nationwide trend, that sees even public colleges and universities with typically intelligent student bodies adding classes to help students “adult.” Communities with large 20-something populations have begun offering “adulting” seminars through their park districts. And there’s even an “adulting” handbook you can buy on Amazon.
Its such a ubiquitous concept that brands like Reese’s, Target, and AmeriTrade have incorporated “adulting” into their marketing.
— Talenti Gelato (@TalentiGelato) May 23, 2016
It seems that, perhaps through a lack of real world experience or changes in educational priorities, Millennials just can’t manage to master the art of adapting to a world of responsibilities, obligations and professionalism — or they just don’t want to.
It’s actually kind of tragic.
The Adulting School, which has attracted a small number of late-20-somethings, held its first session last week, on time management, and, ironically, several of its students wandered in late according to a reporter on the scene. After a few hours of instruction, they were given a break and a cupcake — a reward for being motivated enough to survive an “adulting class” (meta-adulting, if you will).
If you’re unable to make it to Portland, the Adulting School says that it’s expanding its course offerings online, and plans to open branches in major cities and urban hipster hubs across the country.