The only people I know who hated college are the ones who were really anti-social or didn't even try to get involved with anything. It's really one of the better parts of your life, try to enjoy it.
There's nothing to get involved with here, most of the people I know from classes don't live in town, and generally the people in town never get out anyway. And I don't drink and the bars look horrible here even if I did. I go down town all the time and I never see anyone down there. There ARE things down town but not a lot. Sometimes I just wander through town and I still rarely see anyone. Everything interesting is apparently in Toledo, except that's a half hour away, I don't have a car, and apparently Toledo's not a horribly safe city. I can't really describe it. It's just stifling here. There's no soul or culture or... whatever you'd want to call it. At least I graduate next year, and'll probably be going to grad school in a city I *like*.
Anyway, Alex was a little older in SSSC than in Legends or the original Lunar.
Maybe I'm just not thoroughly thinking it out, but I don't really recall nearly as many annoyingly childish younger characters percentage wise compared to the newer games. Eh...
SNES games didn't have very good character development. GOOD character development is a double edged sword in that while likable characters get more screen time and purpose, so do the, uh, really annoying fucks.
Vivi's sort of anomalous because he doesn't strictly *act* young, although when he does, it's in a very... eh, real sort of fashion? I feel that FFIX's story had a lot more humanity than most FF storylines.
Also think Gabo from DQVII works. Doubly so were it to have had a better translation.