Let me show my school pride just for once.
It's not Caltech, it's not Stanford nor MIT, but its a hell of a huge place that lets us undergraduates do whatever the hell we want.
Including 12 feet wingspan airplanes, solar cars, model rockets among the other things I fawned over.
It's hard, it's mostly self-discovery and self-taught things that is not handed to you by your lecturer on a silver plate. However once you get the hang of it, the benefits are huge. And it puts you in a club of the 'in the know' people with more chances to join in more and more exciting endeavours. It's a stairway to more fun.
Going to a good school doesn't mean you will reap all the benefits automatically. You have to work for it. : )
P/S The University of Minnesota is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world, and in the world for Science and Engineering courses. The Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Graduate Program is ranked 4th in the United States. Just saying.