If you are in a position in which you are financially stable, live like you have a minimum wage job.
Better yet, live like you are only able to work 20 hours a week because you're attending school to better your situation.
Without private loans.
Or grants.
Or any help from anyone, because your government has decided your 'fine' and could take out private loans if you really wanted.
Be that friend who only drinks water at restaurants.
And works in shoes that are too tight.
Drive around in a car with no heat when it's below freezing.
Have no social life.
Go to work and get talked down to by customers.
Go to school and be talked down to by professors.
Wake up everyday and be told you're not working hard enough.
Then, come talk to me about working full time, completing an extensive group project in two days and never having enough money for basic needs.
I don't know the real world?
This is as real as it gets.
And the scary thing, the majority of people who are oblivious are the ones who have made it this way.