Just wondering people's thoughts on this statement, particularly relating to STEM fields. A friend of mine has twice this week complained about how her job is so tough/stressful and that I should cherish student life while I still have it. She's an accountant and that's what she studied up to masters level. Personally I've never seen physics studies as an easy ride. From the very start it's been intense courses where slacking is only rewarded with swift failure. Hell I even learned the hard way last semester as I did slack a bit and now my grades are in jeopardy. In the UK, the stereotype is that some students only have to go to campus two or three days a week. For me it's been Monday to Friday since day 1, with full days of lectures and private study. Hence the 'student slacker' comments sometimes really grate on me. It seems all students are given a bad rep because of the wasters on Micky Mouse degrees who really do have it easier. What do you guys think about this? Were/Are your student days a breeze that you wish you could return to and repeat joyously? Personally I can't wait to be freed from the intensity and pressure of having to learn and digest constant streams of material for exam deadlines. Student life has its perks, but it certainly isn't easy street, at least in my physics-studying experience. For the record I'm a mature student so I do know about adult working life too.