There are many different aspects to the college experience. I want to talk about only one: College taught me critical thinking skills and effective writing skills (okay, so maybe that is two, but I always use them together!)
After college, I became a police officer, where I worked 25 years as a patrol officer. I was actively involved in labor issues everything from "Why do we have to go to long-sleeved shirts on October 1st?" (this is still summer in Texas!), to training, attendance policies, and pay raises. I drafted numerous proposals, backed them with solid research, and got many of them implemented. Without the skills I acquired in college, none of this would have been possible.
Did I "enjoy" college? Yes! I got involved with a couple of small groups. We hosted speakers, had a booth during Fiesta, did voter registration drives, etc. The classes were interesting, and the professors were very passionate about their subjects. The school was small enough I did not feel lost in the crowd. I"m glad I went!
It is good that you are doing your research! I wish you the best.