When you are a student, be a student. Put yourself under the light and keep yourself there for that is the only place the whispers of the muses can be heard. And to hear them can quench the stinging in your heart, even if only for a while. The longest streak of Grecian peace was under Roman rule.
To be complacent is to be lost in the woods. At first, we only dip out and then put a foot back in. The light illuminates its immediate surrounds and there always seem to be more interesting things outside than in. They slip by, we follow, through the forest, away from light, into the dirty city of men.
To study while falling in with those who flood the streets looking for a handout, to chase rats around in circles. In the end you not only loose the light but also forget there ever was a light.