My second son started college last week, and it got me thinking about my own college experience.
I was an extremely odd student - married as a 22-year-old freshman at a college that had 2 married undergraduates total the year I graduated (the other one of whom was a 68-year-old grandfather who was finishing the degree he had failed to get due to war service). I also was the only undergrad who worked full-time and had children during college. I truly wouldn’t change my education in any way, but I would have liked to have made a connection with a club or extra-curricular group during those years. That’s about the only thing I “envy” about the other students’ experiences.
On the other hand, I am the only one in my graduating class who has been married to the same woman for over 20 years and has 6 biological children, multiple "foster" children and four "foster" grandchildren.
Given the choice between those two possibilities, I guess there is no envy after all.