One of the challenges with being in school is that it’s easy to lose track of what’s happening in the world beyond.
Knowing the history, theory, and context is important — but you’ll be expected to catch up with, stay abreast of, and manage the state of the art after you graduate.
It’s a little like buying a car: if you only do that once or twice a decade, you miss a lot of evolution. By the time you’ve learned to work the CD player, they’re not installing them anymore.
Reading the news can help, but simply reading isn’t enough. It’s worth finding an opportunity to see how the new technology actually works on the road from time to time.