It's impossible to accurately describe just how difficult learning this language is.
I knew it was going to be hard. But after lurking the sub and seeing several comments saying that many people would be disappointed with the slow pace of formal study, I naively believed it wouldn't be this bad. I should have known that -- in true Reddit fashion -- a lot of you are just smart. Like, so smart you don't even know your innate intelligence is insulting. Because I'm not stupid. I'm just normal.
Granted, I'm older now (not yet 30), and going back to college after having already gotten a degree. I know language learning is harder for me now than it would have been then, or is now for my younger classmates. But still, at a "slow" pace, it's an absolute minimum of a few hours every day and a tutor twice a week, on top of classes every weekday.
From what I can tell, the "normal" kids dropped the class early when they realized the only people going to make it through either received merit-based scholarships (because they're really smart) or just really like to hate themselves, which I'm convinced you have to do if you have normal intelligence.
Honestly, I'm not even mad. I can tell the kids who are just smart. Good on ya, mate (and ladies). Seriously. You will make excellent biochemical engineers, doctors, and whatever else smart people do. And you'll speak Japanese, which can be a side quest when you're Just. Naturally. Smart.
But for the rest of us normies, don't say college Japanese classes are slow. Because I've done a decent amount of objectively difficult stuff so far in my relatively short life, and this is without a doubt the hardest thing I've ever done.