1. How to change a tire
Imagine yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere, all alone. You’re cold and scared, and you seriously suspect that a serial killer may be lurking just out of sight. Knowing how to fix the flat that got you into this horrid situation may be the difference between life and death. It can be easily learned by reading an owner’s manual or in a few minutes of bonding time with someone a bit savvier with cars. Everyone will need to utilize this skill at some point in their life, so make sure you’re prepared when the time comes.
2. How to perform the Heimlich maneuver
Hopefully you will never have to use this important skill, but if someone around you starts choking, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The Heimlich maneuver aims to dislodge an item from a person’s throat if they are choking. There are many Youtube videos and step-by-step articles on the maneuver, but if performed incorrectly, the Heimlich can do more harm than good. In order to ensure that you learn the proper technique, take a class that will teach you how to properly administer the procedure.
3. How to sew
Although not useful in life-threatening situations, knowing how to sew is a handy trick that will undoubtedly save you money in the future. Simply knowing how to reattach a button could prevent you from parting ways with your go-to dress shirt. No Singer sewing machine is required for this rudimentary skill; all you need is a needle and thread. Knowing how to mend small tears and how to sew on buttons will benefit you for years to come, not to mention extend the lives of many items in your closet. Next time you’re over the river and through the woods, ask grandma to teach you how her generation DIYed.
4. How to cook a basic meal
As a college student, your diet probably consists of Ramen, frozen pizza, Chinese takeout and boxed macaroni and cheese. And while I’m sure your preparation is on point, setting a timer and turning the dial on an oven doesn’t really count as cooking. Knowing how to thoroughly cook a chicken breast or flawlessly steam a vegetable is something everyone should learn. Not only because homemade meals are much healthier than processed food, but because it’s likely that at some point you’ll have to cook for someone other than yourself. Do your future children a favor and learn to make something other than Chef Boyardee.
5. How to drive stick-shift
Believe it or not, manual transmission vehicles do still exist. And even though it may not be the most up-to-date skill, it’s still something that’s good to know. What if two years from now you’re an intern at some big company and your boss has entrusted you with the task of taking his precious Porsche out for an oil change. You don’t want to be the fool who can’t get the thing out of the parking garage, do you? It’s not something you can learn from a book, but with determination and the right teacher, it is possible to master the stick shift.