Kakarot wrote:Janitors tend to know the MOST about schools. They are there all the time and will be honest and upfront with you more than students or professors. They don't care if you go and are rather easy to befriend. So in future tours: check out comfort levels, breate in the air, and talk to a janitor.
this is really good advice. i've worked in a mailroom for my entire UG, and the non-professional staff are not only honest about their experiences, but can be some of the most caring, welcoming people i've met here. the bottom line is, a school that treats its staff members well is more likely to treat you well. (and not to be preachy, but being nice to staff can really pay off later.)
I so agree with both of you. Kakarot makes a seemingly trivial point about sitting in the chairs, but you'd be surprised. I visited a school last month that had those chairs that are anchored to the desk, and the chair next to it, and they swivel. So, every time you move, you swing around, and the guy next to you bumps up a bit. Just weird. Plus, I like my own "space" ( fung shui aside). All things being equal, a good building, freshly mown grass, caring janitors (who are, don't you doubt it for one second, the guardian angels of the halls), and a bright blue sky make a difference...hell yes, that's my school.
Few years ago, my then fiance had been accepted to both Stanford and Harvard. All set to go to Harvard. Then we made a visit to Boston. Granted, it was late March or so. But when we got to the law school and walked through all thoses damn underground tunnels that link the classrooms? F no. Off to Stanford he went, and me with him.
Took one look at NESL in Boston last month. Dirty, I mean filthy, windows. Done.