A school in Portland, Maine is teaching their students how to be an adult. Yes, in 2019, the word has turned into a verb, so it’s fitting the school is called Adulting School.
In this particular class, the students are learning how to cook, and their instructor is an executive chef.
“Adulting School is really about a positive way to reframe the sh*t that we have to do as adults,” says Rachel Flehinger with the school.
Flehinger says the topics they work to reframe include finances, budgeting, home repairs and more.
“If you change it from a chore to just a fun choice, then you can have fun in your life, and that’s what they realize,” Flehinger says.
But some topics might surprise you.
“Like conflict resolution is really important,” she says. “Because in this day, there’s not as much face to face talking, so how do we approach people? Our bosses? How do we make friends?”
The group of students in this class are learning how to approach a kitchen, with less trepidation.
“This is a chef who’s gonna really show us a meal that you could have a dinner party and really cook this and impress yourself, impress friends, have a great meal and have leftovers,” Flehinger says of the class.
Tonight’s menu includes a pan seared main course and herb roasted fingerling potatoes, finished off with a French-inspired mushroom sauce.
One of the students, Hannah Odom, says we all may try to look like we know what we’re doing as adults, but that’s not the case in reality.
“So, I don’t think I am adulting yet fully, but I’m taking small steps,” she says.
To learn more about Adulting School, click here.