What We’re Teaching at ExtraCurricular This Week

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From Cosmopolitan

Sooo…how’s your fall semester going? Actually, nevermind. We know, and we’re sorry. That’s why we created ExtraCurricular. ICYMI: we’ve created an entire semester’s worth of classes—free! free classes!—to give you everything that (campus) life just…isn’t right now.

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It’s College 2.0, and you’re invited, whether you’re:

  • surviving Intro to Econ literally right this sec (btw, you forgot to mute your Zoom and everyone can hear your roomie yelling at her bf)

  • or post-college and out in the real-world also on Zoom

And *drumroll* school is officially in session starting this week! Tonight at 7 p.m. ET, Bea Arthur, a licensed mental health counselor, award-winning entrepreneur, and CEO of The Difference (which provides on-demand access to therapy as Amazon’s first mental health Alexa Skill), will school you on how to do the (seemingly) impossible: avoid burnout when we’re hustling 24/7. She’ll break down the definition of “burnout” and how to recognize its symptoms, plus she’ll examine the bad habits (the feels kind, and real-life kind) burnout typically brings on and the good habits we can adopt to sidestep it in the first place. Feeling better already, TBH.

On Thursday, also at 7 p.m. ET, Maxie McCoy, host and executive producer of Woman On (a new digital experience that feels like talk show meets Sunday School—except not religious) and author of You’re Not Lost: An Inspired Action Plan for Finding Your Own Way, will teach you how to build a website as fancy as your résumé—no graphic design degree required, promise! And she should know: she did it all herself for years, and now she’s sharing all her hacks exclusively with you.

Here’s the thing: the job market is tougher than ever, and even in “normal” times, you’re probs not getting what you *really* need to start your dream career. So over the next few weeks, our series of classes, presented by Dell XPS, will teach you all the stuff you need to thrive at this exact moment we’re in (how to find the job, land it, not hate it, and then actually save money, avoid burnout, take care of yourself, and more). Created by your crew at Cosmo, alongside Plan B One-Step, these virtual workshops are taught by a dream-team of mentors: entrepreneurs, celebs, influencers, and editors.

And there’s so much more to look forward to this semester:

  • October 20: How to get over that whole imposter syndrome thing—confidence is something you learn. Like math, but better. Taught by Lauren Chan, CEO and founder of Henning.

  • October 22: Everything you didn’t learn in Sex Ed (presented by Plan B)—because adulting kind of starts here? Taught by Carina Hsieh, sex and relationships editor at Cosmopolitan.

  • October 27: All the stuff about money you wish you knew by now—like how to make it and save it. No MLM scheme required. Taught by Tosh E., head of wealth/Advancing Black Pathways at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • October 29: How to survive a job interview (and all things office life) on Zoom—ten percent lighting, 40 percent unmuting your mic before speaking, 50 percent doing your homework. (Don’t worry, we won’t give you homework.) Taught by Mika Brzezinski + Daniela Pierre Bravo, MSNBC anchor and booking producer, co-authors of Earn It!: Know Your Value and Grow Your Career, in Your 20s and Beyond.

  • November 5: The best jobs are never listed: How to network your way up—and how to make that “virtual coffee date” not painfully awkward in the process. Taught by Lauren McGoodwin, founder of Career Contessa.

  • November 10: What you need to know to launch a startup (presented by Dell XPS)—from nailing the pitch to avoiding the pitfalls. Taught by Jasmine Crowe, social entrepreneur, TED speaker, CEO of GoodrCo.

  • November 12: How to be as good at your résumé as you are at your dating profile—and how to avoid all the mistakes that’ll get you that left-swipe from HR. Taught by Kathryn Minshew, founder of The Muse and author of The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career.

  • November 17: How to edit the sort of videos that actually go viral on YouTube (presented by Dell XPS)—you know, the good kind of viral. Taught by Sam Feher, editorial assistant at Cosmopolitan and influencer.

Oh, and don’t freak out if you miss a class or have a schedule conflict! You can re-watch all of the ExtraCurricular classes through the end of the semester—unless you join Cosmo Unlocked, in which case you can keep the vids forever. (Better than taking notes, no?)

See you in class!

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