Planning for and attaining a higher education is an exciting milestone for many Canadian students each year.
While some students are motivated to obtain a higher education so they can afford material things, newly published research shows the majority of high school and post-secondary students define “success” based on their level of happiness, rather than by things like a big house or expensive car.
The StudentNation Survey commissioned by D+H, a global financial technology company and the administrator of the Canadian Student Loans Program, also discovered many students are connected to social media constantly and admit to sharing too much personal information online.
When asked which of the following 12 statements are most aligned to students’ definition of success, the leading answer among high school and post-secondary students was “being happy most of the time” at 65 per cent. Having a “job or career that I love” ranked second with 63 per cent of high school students and 61 per cent of post-secondary students agreeing with this statement and “owning a large house and expensive car” ranked last with 24 per cent of high school students and 17 per cent of post-secondary students respectively.
50% of post-secondary students said they are connected to social media almost “all the time,” compared to 54% of high school students. 29% of post-secondary students said they are too open with their personal information online, compared to 23% of high school students.
11% of high school and post-secondary students update their social media status daily.