Julie Burchill (Comment, December 17) has a very poor perception of what it is like to be a student.
I did go to university (and am now a postgraduate student), as did most of my friends, and none of us spent three years just 'boozing'.
Completing a degree requires an immense amount of hard work and commitment. Lectures are intellectually demanding, tiring and require a great degree of concentration.
Graduates may be thought better employees because they have spent time developing these skills.
The rise in tuition fees may not affect me personally, but I still want to defend education - it is not about personal gain.