‘Adulting 101’: Public Library Offers Basic ‘Living’ Lessons to Clueless Millennials

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By Ian Miles Cheong | 6:07 pm, March 4, 2017
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The North Bend Public Library in Oregon is offering a course to teach millennials how to be adults. The “Adulting 101” course is for those who say they “literally can’t even” pay their bills, much less act their age.

The course, which runs through July, includes basic tutorials on how to maintain a budget, pay bills on time, find an apartment, and check the oil a car—or even refuel it at a gas station. Attendees will also learn how to attend job interviews and write resumes and cover letters.

One of the classes even provides lessons on “how to find and understand real news on the Internet,” lest millennials be fooled by articles posted on Bulgarian websites while skimming their Facebook feeds.

The Adulting 101 course follows the launch of the Adulting School in Portland, Maine for millennials having a tough time dealing with the endless responsibilities of adulthood.

As for the Oregon library program: “It’s things that you need to know to survive out there and, of course, food is one of the most important things so we’re going to teach some quick and easy ways to prepare food, ways to shop to get the best bargains, and we’re going to teach you how to operate your checkbook, how to find roommates and places to live,” said Assistant Director of Library Services Teresa Lucas to KCBY.

In the first class of Adulting 101, held on Feb. 25, library instructors covered basic cooking skills that would even the sloppiest bachelor to prepare a tasty repast in his dorm room. Lucas also provided attendees with tips on how to save money while grocery shopping.

Only a dozen students attended the first time around, but she expects to see more attendees in coming sessions thanks to social media and news coverage.

It is very easy to make fun of those who attend the course, given that most of the subjects they learn should’ve already been taught to them by parents—or learned in high school. But for those who do not possess the knowledge, these are necessary lessons to enable them to survive in the real world.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.