60,000 students have spoken: Here’s what really matters during college

60,000 students have spoken: Here’s what really matters during college

60,000 students have spoken: Here’s what really matters during college

Mentoring relationships and meaningful projects predict life satisfaction

The Big Picture:

A huge study by Gallup, Purdue University and the Strada Education Network questioned over 60,000 American college graduates of across the lifespan about their college experiences, looking for associations between how they spent their time in college and how fulfilled they say they are now. Life satisfaction was predicted, in part by students’ college experience, including whether or not the student

    • developed a relationship with a mentor;
    • took on a project that lasted a semester or more;
    • did a job or internship directly connected to their chosen field;
    • became deeply involved in a campus organization or activity 

Why This Matters to You:

These factors speak to the importance of engagement and commitment during the college years. They reflect being engaged and assertive on your pathway to success.

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