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Going back to school doesn't have to look like this.

Negotiating a college class schedule was one thing: Will statistics on Friday interfere with Thursday-night beer pong? Can I focus on Sartre at 8 a.m.? 

But now that you’re an adult, extracurricular learning seems like a solid use of your time.

That’s why we’re so pumped for new-to-Chicago CourseHorse, a website that lets you browse and book experiences at “schools” all over the city. (Most classes are one-day quickies.) 

If we had to nail down our ultimate fall semester right now, here’s what we’d pick:

Sausage Making: Master the basics of encased meats and leave with two varieties (eight sausages) to cook and eat at home. November 7, $100; 335 S. Franklin St.

Tabletop Photography: Learn to take high-quality shots of food, household goods and valuables--for better success selling stuff online or garnering Instagram likes. November 8, $99; 621 W. Belmont Ave.

Upper-Body Massage: Pick up techniques for treating your special someone to stress and pain relief in the back, neck and shoulder areas. (On second thought, you might want him to sign up for this class, too.) November 14, $55; 2855 N. Lincoln Ave.

Clamshell Boxmaking: Make sturdy decorative boxes for storing everything from family photos to nostalgic ticket stubs. (We still love you, Ani DiFranco.) December 7, $55; 1821 W. Hubbard St.

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