About students, some of my thoughts. Here in the US a large proportion, don't know it exactly, of people age 18-22 go to college, either at a private college or university, a state college or university, or a community college. Many go to learn a trade, say speech pathology or computer programming or auto mechanics, but many go just because it's what's done, and to get a diploma which my dad calls "a scalp on your belt" so that you can get a miscellaneous job that requires a college degree (possibly for no particular reason) and general willingness to work. Sending your children to college is a near universal goal, for instance my dad's family. Neither parent went to college but they sent all five children to the then low-cost state colleges. Two of them went on the GI BIll, which was a law instituted after WWII allowing veterans to get a college education practically free. The others worked their way through.
But in the 19th century in Europe the number of college students was proportionately very small, and they were what you might call embryo professionals--as deHavilland said, "law, medicine, becoming a teacher or going to the Polytechnic". They would have had a much higher identity as students, and it wouldn't mean almost anybody between 18 and 22. This took me a long time to realize, that when "the students" were referred to it was a tightly defined group.
Despite this difference, students are still prone to protest. I'm old, but not old enough to have been there for the sixties (worse luck, though that would put me about 70 now and that would suck--no offense to anybody here who might be--well, enough of that). In the sixties the students demonstrated wildly and in fact as we know several were tragically killed by the National Guard at Kent State in Ohio, though the ones killed weren't even in the protest.
At the University of Texas the regents were so afraid of student protests that they built low walls, with plantings to hide their purpose, around much of the campus to prevent demonstrations spilling over into the streets. This project was completed about the time the protests died away in 1971 or so.
And there have been student protests in the last few days (post 2016 election) here.
Don't mess with Texas! We mess up enough by ourselves.
I have actually made bullets like they're doing in my avatar. Then loaded the gun with a ramrod, and shot it. But I'm not feeling real good about guns right now.