Ben wrote:How about Get thee to a nunnery! (retreat centre)
I don't think that students are really that unique. Many of us live rushed and crowded lives.
What we've had to do is make some sacrifices, make an investment in practice and keep going.
The vast majority of us live in isolation from our teachers and practice without the support of a local group.
What works for me is that I attend a ten-day (or longer) residential retreat of vipassana meditation every year and then spend the rest f the year maintaining my practice. In the past i've also been involved in giving service (by supporting my local meditation group) and attending or serving at short retreats now and then.
To some extent I agree with this, but I do believe that there are differences in the life of a student (particularly today) and a typical adult.
Firstly, the student is almost guaranteed to be more technologically adept than the adult (barring that the adult is a professional in the field) and so the student likely has adapted to a life of doing many things at once, paying partial attention to most things.
The student also lives, traditionally, in very close quarters with at least one other person in a relatively cramped space. At my relatively small college what this translates to is a severe lack of alone time with which one is to practice, a lack of solitude, and ever present social pressures to attend unimportant campus events or parties.
The student is also a student. For the reasons described above, the student may already be challenged to provide even partial attention to his school work as he is likely addicted to stimulation of the senses. On top of this continual frustration the student has assignments, a fixed schedule (likely including work AND study, as well as his homework assignments), and some semblance of a social life.
So, in my eyes, the student does have specific needs. The student must learn how to slow down, mono-task, and perform his practice in an environment that is totally unfavorable of spiritual practice in general.