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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Derek, 27, was set to follow in the footsteps of his dad, Stormfront creator Don Black. He had his own white nationalist website for kids, his own radio show, and gotten elected to local government in Florida. He was their future, slick and self-controlled, never using slurs or suggestions of violence. But he's now come to question the ideology and left it all behind. Eli Saslow reports on The white flight of Derek Black.
So many others in white nationalism had come to their conclusions out of anger and fear, but Derek tended to like most people he met, regardless of race. Instead, he sought out logic and science to confirm his worldview, reading studies from conservative think tanks about biological differences between races, IQ disparities and rates of violent crime committed by blacks against whites
They sent him to a top liberal arts college thinking he would educate them. But with long red hair and a cowboy hat and garrulous personality, he became popular and found himself hiding his association with Stormfront, and his beliefs, rather than expounding them.
When another student mentioned that he had been reading about the racist implications of “Lord of the Rings” on a website called Stormfront, Derek pretended he had never heard of it.
But he kept up the radio show and was soon outed. Instead of ostracizing him, though, his friends and college acquaintances decided to stay in touch and include him. One, an orthodox Jew, invited him to a Shabbat dinner. Read the rest