A lot of foreigners in Japan reacon that the whole Japanese university system is a big failure, but this survey looked at the things in people’s university life that they felt may have been a little failure.
Between the 17th and 18th of January 2012 1,048 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.6% of the sample were female, 12.3% in their teens, 15.6% in their twenties, 27.9% in their thirties, 25.8% in their forties, 9.5% in their fifties, and 8.9% in their sixties. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.
It’s a bit sad that it takes until the very last entry to have something about the opposite sex! My only regret from university is that I imagined … no, that’s not really a regret (and rather embarrassing to take any further). Other than that, none really, I suppose, except that I wish I hadn’t been so naive, but as I still am, I suppose I’ll forever be naive!
Q: What things in your university life did you feel were a little failure? (Sample size=1,048)
Rank Score 1 I didn’t take mock tests 100 2 I hung out with the same group of friends 73.5 3 I spent all my time doing a part-time job 57.6 4 I didn’t attend culture festivals, other events 50.6 5 I didn’t take part in job-hunting activites 47.1 6 As I picked any old field to study, I wasn’t interested in the classes 46.5 7 I sat in the back seats during lectures 44.7 8 I spent all my free time at home in my room 42.9 9 I didn’t join any clubs or societies so couldn’t make friends 41.8 10 I just went to lectures to fill out the attendence card 35.9 11 I didn’t attend any seminars 31.8 12 I spent all the time boozing 29.4 13= I didn’t submit coursework by the cut-off date 26.5 13= I didn’t make my own notes, just copied from friends 26.5 15 I didn’t write a graduation thesis 25.9 16= I lived by myself near to the university 21.2 16= I never managed to make a single 9am class 21.2 18 I became a fixture in the society’s club-house 19.4 19 I had a too way-out haircut 11.8 20 I joined lots of societies 10.6 21= I prefered dating parties to lectures 9.4 21= I spent all the time at home on-line gaming 9.4 23= I spoke frankly with the lecturer 7.1 23= I related too many tales of my triumphs and scared all of the opposite sex away 7.1 23= I always ended up as the gofer 7.1