Re: Is there any word or phrase for those who study just to get a degree?
I would say that refers to most students these days. They are aware that their chances of getting a job are limited if they don't have a degree so they pick a subject they have more than a passing interest in and spend three years
drinking studying, get the degree and then, hopefully, get a job. In these recession-hit days though, even a degree doesn't guarantee you a decent job.
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