The money –> education issue directly affected my life direction. However, I don’t feel stilted by it, although it was very disappointing to find out I had to leave college because of money.
Tried going back to community a few times through the years later but it’s not the same as being immersed in a stay-on-campus situation between the ages of 18-26. Summer camp for learning that lasts all year long. But I got 1.5 yr taste of it. Lots of fun and learned a lot while I was there.