From experience being a SEL, Instrument, Commercial pilot the training you receive during your time as a Student Pilot on instruments, is just enough to get you out of the tough situations if you get in them by chance. Flying at night and running into the clouds, even as an Instrument rated pilot can sometimes through you off. You do learn to go immediately to your instruments after you get enough experience, but that's the thing. I do feel sorry for his friends who flew with him, even though a student pilot knows that other than your instructor or someone giving you a check ride, that is against every FAR in the book. My first experience in a MEL was tense. You have 4 times the things to look at, not just double with 2 engines. Everything happens twice as fast, twice as often. The best thing I learned in all my flight training is that you have to know when to go and when not to go. This was a great time to have just said no.