Also lol at the who for these incredibly vapid generalizations that are so broad as to be useless to anybody reading it. I love how you present these ideas as mind blowing. It's like ted bigsby freshman year incarnate.
It's funny, this decently well put together high school/early college age looking girl with a Celine bag walked in right before me and they go "your grandparents are waiting for you at your usual table."
So I went to a competitive and highly ranked private school for undergrad and now for graduate school I'm at a public school which is strong in my field but whose undergrad population isn't exactly made up of the cream of the crop... Granted there are some kids here who are smart as fuck but I've never had to deal with students who don't even put in a single iota of effort to learn the material. No, 4 minus 6 does not equal to zero, maybe at least give your answers a cursory glance before you email me in a panic as to why you're not getting the expected result??? If you can't do arithmetic maybe you shouldn't be in college.
Dealing with students people who just lack overall curiosity / drive to learn and who lack basic problem solving skills just make me want to impale my head onto the nearest wooden fence post. Or maybe I'm just a shitty lecturer idk lol.
Also, the realization that the VAST majority of science published today is the work of overworked, underpaid, underfed grad students with (often) minimal input from professors is honestly more than a little unsettling.
Congratulations. You seem to be settling into academia well.