I enjoyed uni too, but forever.... naaaah! Never!
Yesterday at dinner I was seated next to the most brilliant, promising person I’ve met in ages. She was a soon-to-be-university-graduate (one semester or one year left, something like that?), had a double BA degree, one master and had won numerous awards/was engaged in a lot of student activities. (I instantly felt like a failure next to her –I –who used to be so proud of the fact that I was the sport section editor at our university magazine (OK, I invented the sport section first of all) back in my Australia University days, now suddenly did not feel like swapping stories about university activeness. I mean, no one ever gave me any award?! Pffft!). Although she was super bright, she wasn’t bragging in any way. Simply just telling me everything she had done, including as many details as possible (a LOT of them. I know what she eats for lunch every Friday, for instance).
She was talking about life in Italy and Austria and I simply could not help myself:
-So, where will you take off once you graduate? Will it be France? Italy (she had a thing for Italy I could tell!) With your academic record I bet you can go anywhere and get a great job, no?
-Eh… yeah, maybe. But I will probably try to write some more papers and then eventually get a job at the university!
-Oh, you want to be a teacher? A professor? But I though you were studying…
-Yeah well, it doesn’t matter that I did not study to become a teacher or a professor. I probably won’t become one. I just want to work for the university, so that I can continue living a comfortable life.
-Comfortable life? With that record? (No, I did not say that, but I thought about saying it!)
-Yeah, you see. We have a long, 2-month winter holiday at uni. And then at least one month summer holiday. And when I am no longer a student I don’t have to take any exams! Life will be comfortable. A lot of holidays. You can’t get that from a normal job here in China.
-So… let me get this straight. You are turning down a possibility to go any place in China and get a cool job so that you can stay at the uni, have some half-hearted job… but end up with a longer holiday?
-Yeah… I guess you can put it that way. I like holidays!
First brilliant Chinese uni-chick I have met with this mindset! Go comfortable life-lovers! Refreshing is an understatement.