University: the epicenter of all knowledge and learning. The go-to place when we wish to expand our horizons, supplement our skill sets and basically become better at this adult-ing thing.
Or at least that’s the goal, right?
Schools and universities are meant to teach us everything we need to survive in the ‘real’ world, and they really do teach us so many different things about any and all subjects under the sun, but they still don’t teach you everything you need to know to survive as an adult. For instance, they really don’t teach us:
1) How to fold a fitted sheet
I don’t think I know a single person my age who knows how to properly fold a fitted sheet, which either says something about the mental aptitude of my friends and I, or folding those fitted sheets is really hard!
2) How to clean a glass top stove
They may look nice and sleek and all, but have you ever tried cleaning off burnt on food from these suckers without scratching them? It’s about as easy as putting a sweater on a feral cat without getting scratched.
3) How to make (and stick to) a proper budget
And not financial statements or corporate budgets, I mean normal household budgets that let you get stuff like groceries, petrol, rent, pizza and other necessities every month without amassing cartoonish amounts of debt.
4) How to get the smell of puke out of a mattress
Trust me when I tell you that when you have kids, someone will most definitely be puking on your bed every couple of weeks, so knowing how to get rid of the steel is a skill not to be scoffed at.
5) How to snake your drain, fix a leaky faucet or make other minor repairs around the house without having to pay an arm and a leg to whoever you find on Angie’s List
I’m pretty sure if this was an elective, no one would take a course about leaky faucets but trust me, you’ll use what you learn a lot more often than the stuff you learned in that elective interpretive dance class you took that last semester of High School.
What would you add to this list? What other important life skills should schools be teaching? Do you know a way to fold a fitted sheet that involves something other than rolling it up into a ball?