Being old school pardon the pun, meaning being a university student in the dark ages before this internet thingy showed up - at least the commercialized version of it, back then it was the ARPA-Net and was strictly a US military-university system confined to those very few chosen folks with access - I'm glad I had to take the traditional route through undergrad and grad school i.e. being physically on site more or less always.
IMO sitting on your bum either by choice or by medical edict on a computer in a basement means you lose much of the university experience including meeting and interacting with people who ultimately become friends for life. As a result of time physically at Uvic and UBC my own circle of lifetime friends probably tripled. My daughter today by contrast loves the fact she does most of her learning at Camosun by "distance". Personally I would have chafed at the thought but of course its a different generation today. She has to transfer to UVic next year and its my hope she is able to spend much if not most of her time on campus to really immerse herself in the experience.
Back to the Dark Ages: in addition to knowing the UVic (and UBC) library stacks intimately for my areas of study and spending probably a few thousand hours up there at all times and days over 6.5 years, often you did that with your chums, meaning for all practical intents your cohort studied together, you ate together, often had part time jobs working together - I bounced at both the UVic and UBC pubs - had coffee and cigarettes together (yes Virginia you really could smoke in the basement of the Mearns Center or whatever they call the main library these days); and you certainly partied your brains out and drank copious amounts of alcohol together in the old Sub Pub, which I understand these days has all the excitement of a tooth extraction procedure.
And unlike a hard science or "Comp Sci" where tested knowledge was a yes/no proposition - either you could code or you couldn't, either you knew the material such as the lifecycle of malaria (a standard first year Biology test question) or you didn't - hence the emphasis on rote memory skills - the social sciences such as Poli Sci required that you spend the requisite time in the stacks reading everything that was published and relevant to whatever 30,000 word paper you were working on, in addition to the fact profs back then typically had been published for years or even decades in order to achieve their tenured position, meaning they had read practically everything there was to know on that subject. That in turn mean "whoa" to the poor sap who dared copy and paste or plagiarize any scrap of that material because the profs were generally_very familiar with which authors in that field wrote which reference materials. Punishment was harsh and it was swift....
I saw one guy in grad school who submitted a 15,000 word essay where it was 99.99% original or appropriately re-written material, cited correctly with the exception of three paragraphs which he unwisely included in his final draft on the second to last page of the paper - verbatim - and un-cited. Prof recognized it instantly, he'd taught that course after all for over 20 years so no surprise, and that grad class quickly had one less student - he was expelled summarily literally on the spot.