We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I was very well acquainted with squalor as a student. Decades later, I knew a guy who was in deep distress about his daughters, nearly unable to cut the apron strings for fear they couldn't house themselves, on their own meager savings, in the style to which they'd always been accustomed, even while they were in school. Neither he nor they had any concept of living on the cheap until they could afford better, so he and they were sacrificing their independence instead. It's an approach that would have mystified my parents, who thought it a luxury even to be able to afford to go away to school and inhabit separate quarters. They had scarcely been able to, which made it a challenge (ultimately surmounted) to go away for better schooling.
The real benefit of a residence college was that it was a bit of a monastic experience away from the bustle of business and regular life where you had the isolation that promoted the develop of mental habits to occupy yourself. And you were away with others who were fresh to the topics and also looking to use conversation and discussion to occupy themselves.
The modern communications and transportation have ended all that. The student is away, but never far from mindless video entertainment, the drama of work-a-day life or a mad dash off campus to some luxury vaca for the long weekend. Hardly conducive to late night discussions of "weighty topics" with other students for lack of money to afford other amusements. These days the amusements come with the tuition as high-speed internet access and cable TV or lazy rivers.
Around the local state university, luxury student apartments have popped up everywhere boasting full kitchens with granite countertops, all appliances, fitness facilities...one even has a saltwater pool. The problem will be after college, when they suddenly realize that they cannot afford a similarly out-fitted non-student apartment...and will have to live at home or live like a real student should have lived.