Poll: Are college students kids or adults?
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Kids
77 40%
Adults
93 48%
I never went to college
23 12%
Voters: 193.
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#1
I go to college, and I swear most people act/look like they are in middle school, even though most of them are over 18. Would you consider them to be kids, or would that just be asking for them to act that way?

Edit: And if someone doesn't go to college, and instead goes immediately into the workforce, is he then considered a kid or adult?
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#5
It's not like "kid" and "adult" are the only two classifications you can give someone based on behavior.

They have some aspects of "adults" and some aspects of "kids". It's ambiguous, though.
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#6
it depends. if they are responsible no-nonsense students focused on their studies, then adults, but if they are just there to party now and study later, they are kids.
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#7
No they're kids. They really don't have any responsibilities of an adult.
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#9
Most people in college are just as immature as high schoolers.

Anyone that goes to Uni and makes it past freshers week is grown up and responsible.
#14
depends on the college

I would assume that the people at Harvard or Oxford are more mature than your average state college.
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I would assume that the people at Harvard or Oxford are more mature than your average state college.


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#17
They're young adults. The middle ground between child and adult.
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#18
"Young Adults" I guess. Socially they are kids, but in society they are adults.
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#19
I think it depends on the person, not their gross generalization as 'college students.'
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#20
Are you kidding me? Im in college right now and I havent run into one damn person that I would even half consider taking seriously as an "adult". The immaturity and irresponsibility is mind blowing.

That being said, Id say its pretty normal at this age. So to clarify, im not bashing (hell im no exception). You learn from your experiences/mistakes and become an adult through them..and most of those experiences come during college years !
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#21
The thing is, though, they act like spoiled brats because they are expected to act that way. I think it's horrible how some of these people are just handed college educations, something most people in the world will never be able to have. All just for them to get drunk and act like a bunch of Lindsay Lohans. It's bullshit.
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A hybrid between adults and kids. Sort of like if they had a baby.
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#23
I think we're young adults, I feel in my relationship with family and other people, I feel like I'm coming from a position of more equality, as an adult and not a child.
#24
If you place a bunch of average adults together, you would see them act like kids as well. I think it depends on the environment you put people in.
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#25
They're adults, move on.

You can put almost any large amount of people of the same age in an area and after a while they'll all eventually start to act immature and like kids. I'm not saying all 19+ year olds are super mature, they are however, still adults, they may just act immature and not act their age.
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No they're kids. They really don't have any responsibilities of an adult.


Bullshit, I had most of the responsibilities of an adult when I was 16. Other than having to look after a child. As did all my friends at college (one even had a kid).

We were all 18. You have no idea what you're talking about.
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Are you kidding me? Im in college right now and I havent run into one damn person that I would even half consider taking seriously as an "adult". The immaturity and irresponsibility is mind blowing.

That being said, Id say its pretty normal at this age. So to clarify, im not bashing (hell im no exception). You learn from your experiences/mistakes and become an adult through them..and most of those experiences come during college years !

pretty much this.
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Bullshit, I had most of the responsibilities of an adult when I was 16. Other than having to look after a child. As did all my friends at college (one even had a kid).

We were all 18. You have no idea what you're talking about.

You are in a definite minority. I cannot think of many people that I know at my college who have the responsibilities of the average adult.
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#29
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No they're kids. They really don't have any responsibilities of an adult.

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Find time to work out/eat healthy.
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#30
we're students. Most of us live on our own and pay our own way (or at least a portion of it) so in that respect we're adults, but we also do lots of retarded shit and piss about a fair bit so in that respect we're kids. It's a sort of in-between state.
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#31
Adults can be immature too, they just spend more money on things they don't really want to spend it on.
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#32
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Work 30 hours a week.
Go to school for 15 credit hours for Health Sciences.
Pay car insurance.
Pay for 1/2 of school.
Get A's and B's.
Find time to work out/eat healthy.
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just like the other guy, you are in a minority (as am I, i work 20 hours, but dont have to worry about car insurance). most of the people at my school dont have a job mainly because they are supported by financial aid or have rich parents.
#33
There's an incredible amount of generalization in this thread. Some college students are kids, some are adults. Not all college students are 18 - there's a whole group of students who are close to graduation or working on graduate degrees. Many college students teach their own classes. You might get one 24 year old TA who teaches freshmen core classes and wears a suit to work, and you might get another 24 year old graduate student working on a master's degree who still seems a bit awkward and "studentesque" because he's spent the last 6 years of his life around other college students. I'm taking a russian language class right now with roughly 20 people in it. 18 of them are about 21, and they all seem like typical college students. One guy is 27 with a 2 year old kid - definitely an adult. There's also another girl my age (21) who I thought was 3 or 4 years older than me until a few days ago because she acted so much older than everyone else. She's definitely an adult. The instructor of the course is a 26 year old student working on a slavic languages degree - he's the biggest nerd I've ever seen in real life, but he's an adult. No one who saw him on the street would think otherwise. Adulthood is a measurement of human behavior, not age or social status. Some people mature more quickly than others, and there is no better example of this than the students at your average college campus.
#34
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Are you kidding me? Im in college right now and I havent run into one damn person that I would even half consider taking seriously as an "adult". The immaturity and irresponsibility is mind blowing.

That being said, Id say its pretty normal at this age. So to clarify, im not bashing (hell im no exception). You learn from your experiences/mistakes and become an adult through them..and most of those experiences come during college years !

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My community college is ridiculous..i've run into 40 somethings who I wouldn't trust to find a corner in a square room...not that their immature, just lazy, which is ultimatly a sign of immaturity. I have maybe 4 friends at school that i would actually consider adults, because they have seen and delt with the crap that life can deal you....great people, but most of the college people I meet are immature children. I vote children.
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#38
As a college goer myself, I like to think of myself and my friends as adults. Sure we're immature time to time, but that happens when guys are together, I find.

Some people are just douchebags. That doesn't have to do with being or not being an adult, though.
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#39
if they can buy their own alcohol they are adults
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#40
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The thing is, though, they act like spoiled brats because they are expected to act that way. I think it's horrible how some of these people are just handed college educations, something most people in the world will never be able to have. All just for them to get drunk and act like a bunch of Lindsay Lohans. It's bullshit.


Yeah man. They should remain solemn at all times. Hell, they should just not go to college and all the money put towards state schools be sent to third world countries. Equality and shit, hooray!

Nah but really, it's a bullshit system. But that's how it works. You need a piece of paper to get anywhere in the job market in modern countries. And it all comes down to luck, who you're born as. You shouldn't blame people for living the life they were given. If Americans put all the money of the ice cream industry into food for the hungry, world hunger could be ended. But it won't, because people won't do that. What are you gonna do. Things aren't fair, and it's all up to dumb luck who gets the advantages. Most things won't be equal for all humans, and a lot of the times it can't be changed, such as quality of life. But a degree is a lot more important in first world countries than poorer countries anyway.

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