School is a time for forging friendships and learning English

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

Demographics

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
1Make close friends100
2Study English99.4
3Part-time job86.8
4Widen my social circle84.4
5Get a driving licence82.3
6Read lots of books78.5
7Get qualifications74.6
8Fall in love71.6
9Get a hobby70.4
10Go on a foreign holiday62.3
11Study basic computer operation60.1
12Exercise58.0
13Make a life plan56.1
14Go wild50.1
15Study abroad44.1
16Get in the habit of reading a newspaper42.0
17Get my teeth fixed27.1
18Be an official for a club24.3
19Learn how to apply cosmetics19.8
20Be an intern17.1
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