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Adulting 101 course helps teens transition to a successful future

LEXINGTON, Ky.  —  As teenagers approach adulthood, life can come at them fast. Whether it’s making the leap from high school to college or getting that first job and moving out of their parent’s home, young people face a lot of new situations in a short time span. The University of Kentucky is offering a web-based course this summer to help students hone important life skills to make that transition easier.

Adulting 101 is an eight-week summer course beginning on June 15 and meets every Tuesday through Zoom. Organized by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Cooperative Extension Service, the course is open to teenagers nationwide, no matter their goals. Adulting 101 originated as a county-based family and consumer sciences extension program piloted in Central Kentucky.

Young people often flood social media with posts that complain about burned meals, maintaining a car, managing their money, living with a roommate, and studying when there are so many distractions. Adulting 101 specifically focuses on well-being and life skills that help smooth the transition to campus life or the workforce, so that young people feel more prepared to focus on their next step.

This is the second summer UK has offered Adulting 101. More than 580 students signed up for the course in 2020. In a recent survey, comments such as, “This was a great program, and I learned so much! I appreciate you putting this together and taking the time out of your summer to educate us teens!” and “I really enjoyed this class. It was very fun to take,” showed that students were enthusiastic about their experiences in the course. Based on survey feedback from last year’s attendees, organizers have included new topics and expanded lessons in this summer’s program.

The registration fee is $29.99. Capacity is limited, so organizers recommend registering as soon as possible. The registration form can be found online at https://bit.ly/3sMBm7r.