Listening to student's conversations today is completely different from having done so twenty years ago. With the execution of the Bologna process the actual content of studies seem to be marginal; instead, everything is about collecting 'credits', organizing courses and events, collecting money for the much needed stay abroad, and organizing grants and other types of support. There was not a single moment in their conversation where they were talking about their recent studies; only the mentioning of Japan revealed that both ladies were studying Japanology. The essence of their discussion was about responding to the pressure and organizing. This might be okay for an executive assistant one might think, but these young people are still students in their early twenties.
Compared to that, I was an eternal student. I had good and rough times, I attended lectures that did interest me, I was much more busy with the stuff I had to learn for the next exam. I had a lot of fun, a lot of trouble, and a lot of time. And though one of the ladies, whose discussion I was able to overhear, will travel to Japan, I think that their world has become much smaller compared to mine two decades ago.