Some good advice for sure.
I am going to probably play the other side of the card. The advice about putting your head down and focusing on school and then play later is probably really good advice, advice that I probably should have listened too but I didn't. Don't get me wrong I did fine at school and graduated with a BFA in Design with a triple minor. But I was an art student so well it was easy.
What I did do was have one heck of a great time. I will say that again a HECK OF A GREAT TIME. I understand all the advice about working hard now so you can play later but I guess for me that only holds true if I could know for sure I was going to live to an old age. Like they always say we could die tomorrow. If I do die tomorrow I am going to be very thankful I had the experiences and the friends from over the years. Sure not going to be thinking about what I did in school.
After school I did something even more stupid and started my own company. 11 years later it is going strong but I am still broke. Same situation on that one, I didn't really get set up financially to be in a great spot but I had some of the most amazing times over those years. Traveled the world and got to work with friends in 30 countries.
So point is really consider what you want out of life first. To some living a more reckless just see how it goes style sounds crazy but to others that is exactly what they need. At the end we all have the same outcome so really think about what you want to remember when the end is near.
I have a young son and I think about this stuff often because I wonder how I will deal with this topic. I am not going to let him be a bum or worthless person and hopefully teach him about hard work. But I am also going to try and inspire him to live his passions no matter what it takes. Maybe those are conflicting views but I think balance is important. I am also going to try and make sure that as he grows up through 1-12th grade that he really thinks about the experiences he is having. Try to help is actually figure out what he likes, what his passion is. I think that is lost in our current school system. Not saying every 12th grader should know what they want to do, just saying that we should do better to get kids to realize that what they are doing is sampling options for the future.
Finally, DO NOT spend a ton of money on your school unless you have a ton of it. Stay in state, get a degree and like what another poster said get to know people. The people you know is worth 10 times your degree.