4)Not UCLA's fault. With Beverly Hills right next door, you get people like that. Fine, I'll give you one thing about people in LA being superficial (if they don't like you, they can hide it well, unlike in NY -- they scream at you).
Alright, while I don't care for the East vs. West coast tone that is apparent in the attitudes of many people on both sides of the argument (because I truly love NY and LA), this is one thing I will say I hate about NY and NYers. I come from Southern/Western stock, and whether or not that is why, I was raised to be polite. I think if you don't like someone, you can still be friendly and nice to them. I call that polite. People around here call it superficial. I have had a lot of people at Columbia not like me because I am supposedly "superficial", and I have disliked a lot of people because I can't handle the unforgiving manner in which they let you know how they really feel about you.
I understand, of course, that there are other elements contributing to LA's reputation for superficiality - the emphasis on youth & beauty at any cost, mainly. But being nice to everybody is just basic decency, and it sure makes life a lot more pleasant - I'm glad LA has figured that part out.
I'm not from New York, but I am from the northeast (and I've spent a few years in the south), and I've got to say, the fake nice pisses me off. Don't get me wrong, some people are geniunely extraordinarily nice, but a lot of people are just insincerely friendly. SO annoying.
just had to jump in and say that I agree with this. First off, I think NYers get a bump wrap for being mean. Well that's not the case. The fact is, in NY and the NE for that matter, people don't feel the need to be nice to people they don't know. Yet, if stop someone in the street and ask them a question, they will help you. That's one thing I hate about the south--if you don't stop and wave and converse, you are seen as a feminine hygiene product, which is ridiculous.
i would rather people be polite than rude jsut because they dont know you. Maybe they arent being fake, they just aren't being rude like you are used to, so you assume they are being insincere. People dont have to be assholes to be "real"
I don't have a bad thing to say about UCLA, but as a Los Angelino who grew up right near UCLA, i can tell you LA people are the most fake of any I have met...