I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and happy Columbia students are, and aside from a few pre-gunner admits and that one girl who asked about the Hamilton, everyone seemed genuine and down to earth. The school did a good job trying to combat its corporate image with lots of great public interest speakers and panelists, although some of them painted a pretty grim picture of the cut-throat competition among top public interest fellowships: some people don't hear back about jobs until the summer after 3L, and one student apparently has been rejected from five programs already.
In contrast to the school, Manhattan came across as intense and dreary-- very cold weather, lots of tall gray buildings, trash bags littering up all the sidewalks, and people who always seemed to be in a rush. The SF Bay Area has made me soft, and I'm not sure if I could handle three years out in NYC. It seems like a fun place to be, but definitely a bit overwhelming.
Hank, Saja and Lawschoolisevil-- Nice to meet all of you! I skipped out a bit early on the program, but maybe I'll bump into you guys at a few other admit weekends in the next few weeks.
Any updates on Moni Li's Sharp interview???