right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
We've updated the Topics page of our website to better organize and share our expert content. Read more about it here.

“Adulting” is now a class you can take at UC-Berkeley

ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
edited August 22 in Parent Cafe

Replies to: “Adulting” is now a class you can take at UC-Berkeley

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    https://decal.berkeley.edu/courses/4962

    1 unit (credit hour) course, listed as Psychology 198.
    The school system does not require a class for students to learn how to live in the real world and function as an adult. We often enter college unprepared to take care of ourselves. Many life skills, including how to develop good habits, manage stress, pay taxes, budget our spending/income, and to live a healthy lifestyle, are necessary, especially when college is the bridge to adulthood. This course will explore the many dimensions of how to successfully adult.
    · Reply · Share
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7003 replies50 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Purdue is doing something similar, but not a class, but more staff in student services to help with resiliency....https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/purduetoday/releases/2019/Q2/odos-expands-student-assistance-capabilities.html
    · Reply · Share
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Note that there is probably topic overlap between this course and UGBA 135 (see http://guide.berkeley.edu/courses/ugba/ ) and high school health education and PE courses. But UGBA 135 has two 299-student sections that are full for fall 2019. The "Adulting" course currently has 3 enrolled out of a capacity of 30.

    https://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2019-fall-ugba-135-1-lec-1
    https://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2019-fall-ugba-135-2-lec-2
    https://classes.berkeley.edu/content/2019-fall-psych-198-006-grp-006
    · Reply · Share
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3990 replies86 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Berkeley has some interesting DeCals this fall, like a class on BTS, a card-counting class, and a baking class that had a very high amount of applicants for a limited amount of seats (I heard close to a thousand applicants).
    · Reply · Share
  • greenbuttongreenbutton 2650 replies119 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I work in an office peripheral to higher ed, and every school is doing this in some fashion. "Wellness" or "college success" or "navigating difficulty" are very popular, as are "personal finance" and "healthy behaviors" courses.
    · Reply · Share
  • AboutTheSameAboutTheSame 3099 replies47 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am horrified by the use of "adult" as a verb, but am otherwise in favor of the class. I don't think my tax dollars are going to waste with this one. Card-counting? Baking? Not so sure about those. :)
    · Reply · Share
  • coralbrookcoralbrook 7821 replies24 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
  • sciencenerdsciencenerd 1553 replies236 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm terrified of taking this class and failing. What happens then? Get sent back to Kindergarten???
    · Reply · Share
  • garlandgarland 15984 replies198 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    It's a clever rebrand, but sounds like the "college success", "freshman seminar" "college 101" etc. type course that many schools have been including and often requiring for decades.
    · Reply · Share
  • garlandgarland 15984 replies198 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    All the colleges I've taught at have one, and I taught it myself for years starting about 20 years ago.
    · Reply · Share
  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 2883 replies37 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    We had mandatory home ec at age 12, covering most of the same topics.
    · Reply · Share
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10170 replies202 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My oldest called a couple of weeks ago to tell me she & her husband were now on "level 3 adulting".

    She defined level one as doing your own laundry and going grocery shopping so there is food in the fridge. Level two was taking your car in for servicing and making sure all your bills got paid on time (and there was money in the bank to pay them). Level three was working with a financial planner on investing, insurance, retirement accounts and financing a house.
    · Reply · Share
  • Mom2jlMom2jl 671 replies6 threadsRegistered User Member
    @WayOutWestMom, by that definition, I guess at 59 I have never reached level 3 adulting! I have never met with a financial planner for any of those things, although I have managed to do them all successfully on my own.
    · Reply · Share
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom 10170 replies202 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @Mom2jl
    You have to cut her some slack--she just moved to a new country where houses are sold by auction (so you don't know the actual final price you'll be paying until the gavel goes down), IRAs and 401Ks as we know them don't exist and the financial terminology is all totally different than in the US. Complicating this is the fact the D1 & her husband have investments/income from 3 different countries so they need tax advice/accounting. (Plus D1 is trying to navigate an unfamiliar medical accreditation system and get her medical license so she can go to work. A US medical education/residency isn't automatically recognized there so there are some major kinks to work out.)
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity