"This is the best time of your life."
It’s a comment tossed off by well-meaning older folks, and one that’s usually accompanied by a sigh of nostalgia. Most people look back fondly on their college days, and want to impart that sense of freedom and possibility to the students they know and love. But it isn’t really that simple, is it? Being young and being in college doesn’t automatically generate a carefree sense of wonderment about the world – it’s just that after a few decades, most people tend to forget the tough stuff that went along with all those “best times.”