Now in its second year, a UC Berkeley basic life skills class has become so popular that it's had to turn 200 wannabe adults away. The eight-week pass/no pass course teaches young people how to be more responsible and grown-up, ie. how to "adult." They learn how to budget for food, do taxes, manage relationships, and more.
Other areas include fitness, nutrition and mental health.
"Self-care, self-love and sleep," [instructor Belle] Lau continued.
Many students admit they struggle making the transition to self-reliance in college.
"It's harder to budget when you're not living at home because you have a lot more expenses," said Lauren Frailey, 19, an economics major.
"I'm excited to learn how to manage my time better and that will definitely help me manage my stress as well."
The class was launched by Lau and a fellow biology major Jenny Zhou.
Now juniors, when they arrived at U.C. Berkeley from out-of-state, they felt lost without family nearby to rely on.
"We can only call them on the phone if we need help, but that only goes so far," said Lau.
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