‘Adulting’ Classes Teach Graduating High School Students Practical Skills

By Paula Liu

A high school in Kentucky is offering seniors ‘adulting’ classes to prepare them for life after high school, according to KOCO 5 News.

The three-day course at Fern Creek High School in Louisville includes basic life skills such as car maintenance and household chores.

“We’re preparing students for life after high school,” said the College Access Resource teacher who created the course, Sara Wilson-Abell. “Yesterday was all about money, today it’s home and health and tomorrow it’s about being a professional.”

The course will also teach students practical skills they’ll encounter in their day-to-day life including how to change a tire, how to hang pictures on a wall, cook food in a microwave, and do their laundry, KOCO 5 News reported.

For most of the students enrolled in the three day course, it’s the first time they’re learning any of these basic skills.

“I know I have a spare tire in my car, but I would have known nothing to do with it,” high school senior Lilly Farmer told the news outlet.

Farmer told KOCO 5 News that she has done her own laundry before, but not with much skill. “I learned a lot about how to do my laundry. I mean, I kind of knew some aspects of it, but I never sorted my clothes or anything like that. Now I know it’s [a] very important [thing] to do.”

The high school senior said she and her classmates shouldn’t be criticized for not knowing how to do any of these basic skills because they were never taught such things.

“They’re like, ‘Oh they should know how to change a tire, they should just know how to do this stuff,'” Farmer said. “But we actually, in reality, have never been taught this, so we don’t how to do any of it.”

Wilson-Abell able said she created the course because many soon-to-be-graduates had asked her about practical skills.

“The term ‘adulting’ has been a big thing lately, and I just kind of took that and ran with it,” Wilson-Abell said in regards to the formulation of the course, reported KVOA News 4 Tuscan.

As part of the classes, the school has professionals come teach students about the professional aspects of their future life, such as finances and insurance.

“We’ve had bankers come in and talk to our students about basic loans,” said Wilson-Abell, according to the news outlet. “We had State Farm here talking about insurance. We had representatives here talking about retirement.”

The school also invited “MasterChef” season nine winner and graduate at Fern Creek High School, Gerron Hunt, to come teach students how to cook food in a dorm.

The lesson was followed by a cook-off between teachers and students, where they used microwaves to cook food that would typically consumed at a dorm, such as pizza rolls, noodles, and other snacks, according to KOCO 5 News.