>Had zero (0) free time back in college
>Most of my weekends were spent at the computer labs doing projects or studying for tests
>No time or energy for friends or clubs
>Graduate and get a job
>Suddenly my free time doubles, get to hang out with friends more often and have the money to go places and do things
While I miss the social aspect of classes I've replaced that with less forced-friendship and camaraderie. From what I've heard about in Japan too it seems like once you get into college you get to slack off and do jack shit. Then once you graduate you get sent to commit karoshi.
Being able to come home and not obsess about shit that's due alone makes the non-college life far more relaxing.