7 Classes to Enroll in Now
It's time to get your adult education on
You can still channel Julia Child without having to enroll at Le Cordon Bleu. Even if your city doesn’t have a culinary institute, it probably has a Sur La Table or a Williams-Sonoma where you can take lessons in things like handmade pastas (you’ll be an expert at orecchiette and linguine in two hours), brewing beer and mastering knife skills.
Go back to school without spending a penny with Coursera, an online hub offering nearly a thousand courses from educational institutions around the world. Course work can be as elaborate as medical neuroscience (at Duke University) or as entertaining as the life of Andy Warhol (at University of Edinburgh). You can stream the online courses at your leisure--they range from four to 11 weeks--and even take interactive quizzes and work on peer-assessed assignments.
Want to tap into your inner Virginia Woolf? Mediabistro offers online workshops for every aspect of the written word, from novel writing to Twitter marketing. Each session is led by an industry expert who will give you actual feedback on your work so you can see real results.
When it comes to hiking, we thoroughly trust REI. (Remember, Cheryl Strayed swore by their expert advice.) All 140 stores offer both technical and hands-on courses so you can learn to change a flat on your bike, deal with wilderness-related injuries and figure out how the heck to climb a rock wall.
Studies show that learning a foreign language can increase your creativity and problem-solving skills. Since most of us don?t have the luxury of studying abroad or delving into an immersion program, language schools are the way to go. We like Fluent City (available in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.) a school that, in addition to classes, offers incredibly cool events--like a tour of the Brooklyn Museum retrospective... en français, of course.
Wine tastings are nice and all, but if you really want to play sommelier, check out the free webinars offered through the Society of Wine Educators. (We can?t wait to listen to ?A Tale of Two Pinots.?) Serious oenophiles can even aim to complete the Certified Specialist of Wine program.
Worried you come across as an ill-mannered oaf? Emily Post’s e-learning portal will fine-tune your social graces by teaching you body-language techniques and business manners. As for your elbows-on-the-table habit: We can’t help you there.