Shockingly, People Say Going To College Was Better Than Getting Their First Job

According to a new study, people liked going to college more than getting their first job. I mean, duh! Did we really need a study to show us that. If the film St.Elmo’s Fire taught us anything, it was that. According to a new British study, people ranked going to college or university above getting married, buying a house, getting a job or even the birth of a first child.

The Big Chill, a movie about college friends from the University of Michigan reuniting for a funeral, had the tagline, “How much love, sex, fun and friendship can a person take?” That was the description of college. So clearly why wouldn’t that be the best time of your life? The research for the study, carried out by the Chimes Shopping Centre in Uxbridge, involved offering 1,000 adults a list of 13 life experiences and asking them to select their top five. University was picked more than any other. Over 57% of all people quizzed considered their student years the best period of their lives, with three out of five people wishing they could go back to relive them. I used to take an afternoon nap at 4 pm most days of college. I don’t even know what a nap is anymore. I drank coffee because I thought it seemed cool back then. Now I literally pour it down my throat in the mornings out of fear I will pass out on the subway. I cancel on my friends now for movies because I’ll be so tired after work. There was a month straight in college where I watched Wet, Hot, American Summer every night starting at 2 am. Differences.

Forget the just studying whatever you want with wonderful and passionate teachers, but college is when you make some friendships that will last you a lifetime. After the age of 30, it is pretty tough to make new friends, according to a recent article in The New York Times called, “Why is it hard to make friends over 30?” As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other, said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is why so many people meet their lifelong friends in college, she added.

Yes, yes finding your calling in life whether it be banking, saving people’s lives or tweeting is great and I’m thrilled to be an independent woman and all with my own money, but yeah, they are hard to compare. Starting your career is exciting but it is also saying, “I’m a real adult now. I have to be responsible.”  If you don’t think I’d go back to a place where Golf pro parties were a regular occurrence, you felt like a go-getter if you were up by 9am and you were considered lame if you didn’t go out on Thursday nights, then you are wrong. I wouldn’t do four more years, but I could do a month or two. I mean I’d be pretty tired, but I’d still do it.

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