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posted by Blake Ansley in Lifestyle

MIT offers "Charm School" for the academically gifted but socially challenged

March 5, 2012

You might expect MIT to be on the forefront of scientific breakthroughs, but what about people skills? CBS news reports that MIT offers a program that allows students to go from lab rats to social butterflies.  The school's elective program, called "Charm School," gives students a chance to learn everything from social graces to dressing for success. (Step 1: lose the MIT hoodie.)

The course is made up of 20 minute workshops that any student can benefit from.  Although a great deal of focus is on social interaction and making good impressions, some workshops offer skills that almost any college student in the country could benefit from. Instruction on table manners and etiquette prepare students for banquets, parties, and even dates. 

 It's funny to think that students who can construct complex chemical equations needed a 20 minute course to learn how to tie a bowtie! I think that similar electives should be offered at every university. I was never a cotillion kid myself, but I would love to learn more about table manners and rules for formal and business dinners.  I've taken four speech communication classes at UGA so far and I've found that they really did have a positive impact on my speaking and social skills.

Have you ever taken a social skills course?

Do you think similar courses should be offered at other universities?

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