School is a time for forging friendships and learning English


goo Ranking took a look at what people thought it was best to get over and done with during one’s school days.


Over the 22nd and 23rd of February 2010 1,123 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.6% of the sample were female, 9.6% in their teens, 22.2% in their twenties, 32.1% in their thirties, 24.9% in their forties, 7.5% in their fifties, and 3.8% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

The part-time job is a useful thing to get over and done with at school – I have many interesting memories from working at a petrol station many weekends during school then over the holidays when I was in university.

Going on a foreign holiday is an odd one, but I wonder if that implies a back-packing or other independant travel, unlike the group travel (or no travel at all) that many Japanese tend towards as they get older.

Ranking result

Q: What do you think it is best to get done during your school days? (Sample size=1,123)

Rank   Score
1 Make close friends 100
2 Study English 99.4
3 Part-time job 86.8
4 Widen my social circle 84.4
5 Get a driving licence 82.3
6 Read lots of books 78.5
7 Get qualifications 74.6
8 Fall in love 71.6
9 Get a hobby 70.4
10 Go on a foreign holiday 62.3
11 Study basic computer operation 60.1
12 Exercise 58.0
13 Make a life plan 56.1
14 Go wild 50.1
15 Study abroad 44.1
16 Get in the habit of reading a newspaper 42.0
17 Get my teeth fixed 27.1
18 Be an official for a club 24.3
19 Learn how to apply cosmetics 19.8
20 Be an intern 17.1
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