Your generalizations are EXACTLY that. College is what YOU put in and what YOU get out of it.
Again, you keep asking questions, getting answers, and then saying stuff like “Well I heard in design school you’re in the studio till 10pm” Not 8pm, not 11pm, but 9pm.
Thats a generalization, and its totally wrong.
Most of the time I was in college I slept till 11-12 in the afternoon. I spent I don’t even know HOW much time playing video games, drinking, riding my bike, going to football games, working on my car, doing freelance design work for cash, etc.
Realize that college works on a credit system. At most schools you’ll be taking 15-16 credits a semster, but usually only 8-10 of those will be design, and then you’ll have other electives. I focused myself on my design studies. Likewise all of my liberal arts classes I found good ways to get good grades without ever actually going to the class. I used said hours to relax and focus on the design work.
I had plenty of friends that were always studying, always in studio, and did very little in their free time, but that was THEIR choice. There is no rule that says “You must be in studio till 6am”. Time management is a discipline. There were certain studio projects where I absolutely would be up till 3am cranked out on Red Bull and huffing marker fumes.
Then there were projects that I didn’t care for, didn’t put a huge amount of time into, and I spent those weeks relaxing, partying, and enjoying college.
There is always time for things if you make it. Other majors are no different. Many other fields either require MASSIVE amounts of studying (unless you’re a natural genius), tons of lab work, writing 20 page reports, tons of reading, etc.
Design is great because instead of spending 20 hours reading we can spend 20 hours drawing. And since as designers we ENJOY design, now you understand why some of us stay up till 6am working. Because we love it.
You’ve posted here a million times and either you just don’t get it, or you’re just too afraid to make a jump. It sounds like you’re a smart kid with a very narrow viewpoint and the notion that your preconcieved ideas are right because you’re so smart. If you like design then a design education, particularly at a large university (I am a Virginia Tech Alum) is diverse, incredibly satisfying, and incredibly enjoyable.