“College was fun…it made sense.
Regular life? Not so much.”
I typed these words during a Skype conversation with my nephew Jordan yesterday. We were chatting before he left for his first class of the semester at the University of Kentucky, my alma mater.
I loved college. It was this perfect world where they treat you like an adult, but still reward you like you’re a kid.
Think about it. You get to live on your own. Pick your own major and what classes to take. Even decide whether to show up each day.
And if you work hard enough, they praise you and give you good grades. Heck, in some cases, you get scholarship money.
I thrived in this environment.
I’m obviously not alone. An Ohio State University study found that students enjoyed activities that increased their self-esteem –like getting good grades or being praised by professors — more than any other college activity. It beat out sex and keggers, folks.
Maybe it’s not all that surprising. Think about your life now, post-college. What is often your biggest complaint?
No one appreciates you. You just can’t get the recognition you deserve. But when you were in college, you knew exactly how to that ‘good grade.’
It was spelled out in the syllabus.
College is starting to look pretty good again…am I right?