Someone has just been on the radio saying that the days as a university student were the most fun in their lives.
There has been a massive swing - as there is with every imbalance - from the days of the Oxbridge upper-class elite to the notion that every young person has the right to an Arts degree at univeristy. The consequences of this is that technical courses have almost dwindled out of existence and if you do gain a degree in an industrial course, there will probably be no job in manufacturing to use it.
Same with Economics. The amount of stand-up comdeians with an Economics degree probably corresponds to the job vacancies for which they are qualified.
This explains why so many Bath University students scream their way around the streets until four in the morning every night of the week. The local bus company has made allowance for them by providing the last bus back to campus at 3.30 am. This is their idea of burning the midnight oil - burning the candle at both ends, every night of the week.
I suppose I never see the swats who actually want to gain a degree, so my impression is that they don't exist. There must be one or two.
I also suppose that it could be possible for one or two people to be so talented that they can party all night and still get firsts, but when G.E. got her first in Nursing she beat many others who thought they were so gifted that they didn't have to work toward the exams. They were almost offended that a fellow student with dyslexia sailed past them by sheer effort.
In my day, if you didn't like the idea of strenous academic work as a student, you went to Art College and never expected to get a job in your chosen field ever again. Art schools were generally viewed as secular monasteries, protecting lazy youngsters from the outside world. In the 1940s and 50s, they were set up as finishing-schools for young ladies.
The most common pledge made by art students bidding each other farewell at the end of a three year course was, "I AM going to continue to paint/sculpt. I will NEVER stop painting/sculpting/drawing!" Mostly lies, of course.